By The Beatles, For The Beatles: Apple Corps Limited

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Strange Fruition–Nina Simone’s Impact on Folk Music

Folk music, in particular, invokes an emotional response from its listeners. The music shows itself to be raw at times and can often express emotions and deep thoughts better than any orator or author. Nina Simone is one of the twentieth century’s best examples of consistent producers of thought-invoking music. In the footsteps of Quiett […]

Folk Music

Folk Music Thesis Folk is important because it inspired change during the Civil Rights Movement and united Americans of all races under one cause. History Folk music incorporates instruments such as the banjo, the djembe, and elements of the patting juba to create music. When you google pictures of banjo players you only see white […]

Folk Music Traditions and Neo-Soul Music

Folk Music Traditions and Neo-Soul Music For generations, folk music has been used as a form of expression for African Americans to describe their experiences and struggles as Black people in America. Throughout different periods, this music genre, which originates from negro spirituals sang by enslaved Black people, has been used by African Americans as […]

What Africa Gave to Broadway

Africa gave theatre… complex music interesting plots everything. European based musicals have thrived on the streets of Broadway because of Africa’s influence in their storylines, musical arrangements, and performance qualities. /*! elementor-pro – v3.5.2 – 28-11-2021 */ .elementor-slides .swiper-slide-bg{-webkit-background-size:cover;background-size:cover;background-position:50%;background-repeat:no-repeat;min-width:100%;min-height:100%}.elementor-slides .swiper-slide-inner{background-repeat:no-repeat;background-position:50%;position:absolute;top:0;left:0;bottom:0;right:0;padding:50px;margin:auto}.elementor-slides .swiper-slide-inner,.elementor-slides .swiper-slide-inner:hover{color:#fff;display:-webkit-box;display:-ms-flexbox;display:flex}.elementor-slides .swiper-slide-inner .elementor-background-overlay{position:absolute;z-index:0;top:0;bottom:0;left:0;right:0}.elementor-slides .swiper-slide-inner .elementor-slide-content{position:relative;z-index:1;width:100%}.elementor-slides .swiper-slide-inner .elementor-slide-heading{font-size:35px;font-weight:700;line-height:1}.elementor-slides .swiper-slide-inner .elementor-slide-description{font-size:17px;line-height:1.4}.elementor-slides .swiper-slide-inner .elementor-slide-description:not(:last-child),.elementor-slides .swiper-slide-inner .elementor-slide-heading:not(:last-child){margin-bottom:30px}.elementor-slides .swiper-slide-inner .elementor-slide-button{border:2px solid […]

The Genre Defying Nina Simone

By: Autumn Johnson Who is Nina Simone? Nina Simone was born as Eunice Kathleen Waymon on February 21, 1933, in Tryon, North Carolina. She developed a love for music at a very young age, as she started playing the piano at 3 years old. Simone was very intelligent, graduating valedictorian of her class in high […]

Alannah Ross: Commodification of African American Music

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Essence Ward and Allison Carter

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Do You Know Your Folklore?

What Do You Truly Know About Folk Music? We’ve heard before the upbringing of the folk music genre. How it is sung by the people, and not normally recored in a studio. How no one needs to be a trained musician to take part in the song. Even after being informed of all this, what […]

Nina Simone

Nina Simone Early Life, Career, and Death Eunice Kathleen Waymon, also known as Nina Simone, was born on February 21, 1933 in Carry-le-Rouet, France to Rev. John Devan Waymon and Mary Kate Waymon. Simone’s music teacher saw her potential and created a special fund to pay for her high school education. The locals also helped […]

Folk Music Was Life Support For Slaves

Folk Music Was Life Support For Slaves What does Folk Music consist of? Folk music utilizes the drums, xylophone (also known as the balafo or balaphon), quills (a form of panpipes), horns and banjo. According to J. H. Kwabena Nketia folk music includes multipart rhythmic structures, repetitive choruses, a lead singer and a call-response. Folk […]

Lianne La Havas Introduction to Folk

Lianne La Havas Introduction When looking back on women of color in folk music like Odetta, Joan Baez, Elizabeth Cotten, Mimi Farina, and Joan Armatrading, it is clear their influence has shaped folk music today, especially for female folk artists in 2016.   The lack of Black women, let alone Black people in general, in […]

Tracy Chapman

Tracy Chapman I’ll always remember the first time I ever heard “Fast Car.” I was about ten years old. My grandma and I had just been to the public library in a nearby town. We were about to pull out of the parking lot, when the song came on the radio. I was immediately entranced […]

Folk Music’s Hidden Messages

Folk Music’s Hidden Messages Folk music is derived from Africa and has migrated to the United States as a result of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. This genre of music focuses on storytelling and the expression of emotion to convey a message. Folk music amongst enslaved Africans allowed a tradition to stay alive throughout in the Americas […]

The Legend of Kora

THE LEGEND OF KORA: African String Instrument The Kora is known as one of the most complex string instruments. The instrument originates back in Africa and specifically the country of Gambia. Compared to modern times, the Kora resembles both the guitar and the harp, also in the string family. The Kora was developed in the […]

The Voice of The Civil Rights Movement

The Voice Behind the Civil Rights Movement Who is Odetta Holmes? Odetta Holmes, born December 31, 1930, was an American Folk Singer who was noted especially for her versions of spirituals and who became for many the voice of the civil rights movement of the early 1960s. Though she had heard the music of the Deep […]

Work Songs: Do You Sing While You Work?

Do you sing while you work?- The History Behind Work Songs Created by: Angel Milton “Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music.” -George Eliot What are work songs? Work Songs are usually “easy to sing along” songs that people would start to sing while working. In doing so, workers […]

Folk-ryin’ out loud

A look into the history of the Kora in Folk music and African American music The Kora is an instrument  used within Jali families of the Mande people along with the Malinke people in West Africa that date back to the 1700s.    It consists of 21 strings that produce a harp like sound placing […]

Elizabeth Cotten: A Master in American Folk Music

By: Morgan Allen “I want to tell them about my music. Tell them that I’m a good woman and tell them that’s where they will find me…right up the ladder (in heaven.)” Early Life Elizabeth “Libba” Cotten was born in 1895 in North Carolina. Her love of music started early when at age 7 she […]