Techno, a form of electronic music similar to disco, began in Detroit, Michigan in the 80’s. The group credited with the start of this genre is the Belleville Three: three black high school students who wanted to make music that took elements from different genres. Their names were Kevin Saunderson, Juan Atkins, and Derrick May. 

The Belleville Three drew inspiration from all different genres of music, ranging from disco and funk to even blues and jazz. One of the main elements taken from disco is the drums and 4/4 time signature.

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Blues

Blues m blues blues 1930-1940 12 bar blues 1946-1969 iNFLUENTIAl blues musicians bessie smith known as “Empress of the Blues,” first seen in minstrel shows,

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jubilee quartets

Jubilee Quartets were vocal a cappella groups consisting of at least four black men, each one having a different tone of voice than the other.

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funk

Funk! Funk became popular around the 1960’s and 70’s, and it includes elements from other genres of music like jazz and R&B. Similar to disco,

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ragtime

Previous Next Ragtime was the popular music genre that is said to have started around 1896 and reached it’s height in 1920. It included a

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black musical theater

Black Musical Theater has its roots in minstrel shows, going back even as early as the 1840s. Some black slaves were promised freedom if they

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