Souring Through Jazz: Louis Armstrong

Souring Through Jazz: Louis Armstrong The genre of Jazz was brought to light in the early 1920’s, artist like Louis Armstrong set the tone and expectations for what all Jazz had to offer. Louis Armstrong’s Background Louis Daniel Armstrong also known as “Satch” or “Satchmo” by family and friends was born in 1901. Armstrong was […]

Rhiannon Giddens: The New Face of Folk Music

Rhiannon Giddens: The New Face of Folk Background: Rhiannon Giddens is the new face of folk music. Born on February 21, 1977 in Greensboro, North Carolina, Rhiannon Giddens was a force to be reckoned with. Her father was a music teacher, which really launched her interest in music as an art. Despite going to college […]

The Kora: the Instrument Heard ‘Round the World.

The Kora: the Instrument Heard ‘Round the World Background: The Kora is an indigenous West African instrument that African-Americans took and incorporated into their own folk tunes. The Kora is a string instrument in the calabash harp family and has a whopping twenty-one strings. It has the most strings of any any string instrument except […]