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African American Literature and Culture: Music

A research guide to assist students in ENG 390

African American Music

Missing You by Jerome Brown (A collage of various hip-hop, rap, and other black musicians who are no longer with us)

African-American music is an umbrella term covering a diverse range of musics and musical genres largely developed by African Americans. Negro spirituals, ragtime, jazz, blues, house, doo-wop, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, funk, hip hop, soul, disco and techno constitute the principal modern genres of African-American music.modern genres were developed during the late 19th century by fusing European musical styles (characterized by diatonic harmony within the framework of equal temperament) 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. ~ from Wikipedia

Suggested Search Terms:

  • African Americans -- Music
  • African Americans -- Music --Influence
  • African Americans -- Music -- History and criticism
  • African American jazz musicians
  • African Americans -- Social life and customs
  • Rhythm and blues music

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