Taking Their Time: The SOS Band

Taking Their Time: The SOS Band Thesis The SOS Band also known as Sounds of Success is an electro-funk group who gained fame in the 1980s. They played a great part in the disco era for their hit song  “Take Your Time (Do It Right)” Formation The band started in 1977 in Atlanta, GA. The […]

Opening Doors and Creating Spaces, How The Fisk Jubilee Started A Movement

By: Gabrielle Weeden What is A Jubilee Quartet The term “Jubilee” comes from the biblical phrase “Year of the Jubilee,” in which African Americans who had been slaves were set “free.” Jubilee quartets date from the mid-nineteenth century and are a hybrid of European quartet singing and African American singing. The jubilee genre arose from […]

The Dixie Hummingbirds, and Jubilee Quartet

What is a Jubilee Quartet? In the first half of the 20th century Jubilee-Qaurtet’s were very popular, they were religious African American music groups. It originated from the insitution Fisk University in 1871. The word Jubilee derives from the word yobhel which is Hebrew.  The Fisk Jubilee singers originally started the group to raise funds […]

The beginning of Gospel Music: Gospel Period

Introduction What is Jubilee Quartet? It is an artistic form with unique history and expression that has originated in the 1920’s. It was an outgrowth of the African American university singing movement. It is named Jubilee quartet due to its nature, characteristics and performance style. Jubilee Quartet can be divided into three periods. The period […]