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African American Music

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African American Music a.k.a. African-American music is an umbrella term covering a diverse range of musics and musical genres largely developed by African Americans. Negro spirituals, blues, ragtime, jazz, rhythm and blues, doo-wop, rock & roll, soul, funk, disco, hip hop, house, and techno constitute the principal modern genres of African-American music. Their origins are in musical forms that arose out of the historical condition of slavery that characterized the lives of black Americans prior to the American Civil War. The modern genres were developed during the late 19th century by fusing European musical styles with those of African origin which employed the natural harmonic series. The exceptions are hip hop, house and techno, which were formed in the late 20th century from earlier forms of African-American music such as funk and soul.

  • also known as Afro-American music
  • subgenre: Zydeco

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Google previewMulticultural Perspectives in Music Education (2011)

by William M. Anderson, Patricia Shehan Campbell

Walker African American music is a term that refers to the musical genres created in the United States by people of African ancestry. It is music that is rooted in the homeland of Africa that sprang forth out of emotional, physical, and social needs as a result of the experiences of a people who were transported to and forced to inhabit a foreign land. This need for expression, rooted in the traditions of Africa, permeates ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of African American Television (2014)

by Kathleen Fearn-Banks, Anne Burford-Johnson

African American music producer L. A. Reid was a judge/mentor for the first two seasons.

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