The soundtrack of slavery, the rhythms and sounds of the fields, enriched American culture and helped to form the American identity. The cross-fertilization between Africa and America that came about through the slave trade impacted many areas of American culture, but none more so than the development of new genres of music including jazz, gospel, and above all else, the blues. The blues, which arose deep in the region known as the Mississippi Delta, has helped shape the American identity by providing a distinct sound incorporated into many genres of music and by providing a voice for those that previously had none. Music helps define culture, and America is no exception. Used to express the thoughts and feelings of the masses, and, sometimes, to influence them, music leaves a lasting impact on all it touches.
Spirituals were quite popular among the slave community and eventually gave birth to the next musical stepping stone to jazz, blues. Blues is often thought of as plantation and country songs taken to the streets of the city. The most defining trait, how it sounds, perfectly resembles the troubling experiences in the wo... ... middle of paper ... ...the form of Black music. One of the most important phases of jazz for the African Americans was its acceptance. Elitist White musical circles considered some form Black artistry acceptable for the first time.
Atlanta has long been known as a center of black wealth, political power and culture; a cradle of the Civil Rights Movement and home to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It has often been called a "black mecca." Stripping is very popular within the urban community and Hip Hop culture which in a way gives opportunities in a wide variety. In a way Atlanta and Hip Hop and R&B is what the Harlem Renaissance was to Jazz and Blue’s. Studies done by Royal Society Open Science determined Hip Hop and R&B as the most influential music genres since 1960.
A modern figure that resembles Coleman Hawkins is BB King, who continues to promote black culture. BB King is still alive and light on his feet and playing music with the same passion that he had when he was young. (Geffen) The Harlem Renaissance was a period of time that black music, art, and literature actually started to become known. This was a very important part in African American history because it was one of the first times in American history that many African Americans could earn a living and be recognized for something they accomplished ( Jackson 1). This time period also influenced blacks to come out of there shells and start sharing with the world there different cultures.
Though some critics feel Soul music was merely a passing fad. I intend to discuss the Contribution of music on two contemporary cultures and its effect on their cultural issues, values and beliefs. My Main focus is that of a shared music culture within the reaches of the Ebo and Yoruba Culture and the Black American culture of the United States. In the fifties, Gospel revival and doo-wop merged into soul music. Soul music was enabled by the commercial boom of "race" music in the United States that later led to the creolization of popular black music in many other societies around the world.
Throughout history, and even today, music has shaped America’s culture, society, and even politics. One of the most outstanding and enduring musical movement has been from African American artists, ranging from bebop to jazz to hip-hop to rap. During the 1920’s , jazz artists stepped into the limelight and began their impact on American and even world history. Louis Armstrong was one of the most influential leaders during the Harlem Renaissance and his jazz legacy and impact of American history is everlasting. A master of his craft, Armstrong and his music heavily influenced America’s white and black populations from the 1920’s and up until his death.
Although often described as having a strong personality, it was a combination of childhood experiences of oppression and realization of his political influence that would take Davis to the top of the musical spectrum. Not only did his music influence the later musical style of artists like Prince, Mos Def and Santana, but he also stood as a symbol for the black power movement. His transition from artistically pleasing standards on Milestones (1958) to the funk rhythms of Bitches Brew (1970) help show the power of an artist’s influence and the lasting changes brought about from the work and life of Miles
The name ‘rock and roll’ was identified by Alan Freed, a radio disc jockey that introduced rhythm and blues to the mainstream public, and altered it for the rock and roll. “What Freed certainly knew but few whites were unaware of at the time was that the term (rock and roll) was widely used in black music as a euphemism for sex” (R&RG, 20). Concepts of rhythm and clues such as “complex rhythms and call-out response” and “blending work of both joys and sorrows in the South” were taken black American heritage (R&RG, 23). These styles of music were set to anglo-style songs and thus produced a new style of music. This new style of music set the stage for some of the most influential musicians of youth in this time.
Despite the restrictions imposed by slavery, African Americans have made significant contributions to American culture in music, literature, and cuisine. The infectious nature of African American music, which has appeared in a variety of styles, most notably jazz, soul, rap, rhythm and blues, spread through the American public quickly and broke the barriers from where they originated. Beginning in the seventeenth century music was critical in the organization of early slave uprisings. When brought to the United States, drums were used as a means of communication: spreading messages in a rhythmic language undeciphered by white people. They were used to orchestrate resistance and revolts.
The bond of slavery brought these African Americans along with their background musical culture to the United States. Traditional African spirituals, chants, work songs, shouts and much more developed