Music Genre Microblog — Classic R&B

Classic R&B Rhythm and blues first began to take shape as a recognisable music form in the 1940s following the Great Migration, as there was an influx of Black Americans in major cities such as New York, Chicago, LA, and Detroit. This increased cultural diversity brought with it Black American tradition, including blues and church music. The term rhythm and…

Music Genre Microblog — Soul

Soul Soul is a popular genre that entered the mainstream in the mid-to-late 1950s. It developed from the rhythm and blues tradition but also combines elements of African American gospel music. The genre first started showing signs of fruition in the mid 50s with singers such as James Brown, Etta James and Ray Charles achieving hits; Charles’ I Got a…

Music Genre Microblog — Motown

Motown Motown Records is a record label initially founded in Detroit by Berry Gordy Jr. in 1959. The label was so integral to the commercialisation and development of a more polished, popular branch of soul music that the name itself is synonymous with that music style. During the 60s, Motown Records became associated with many iconic musicians, including Smokey Robinson…

Music Genre Microblog — Contemporary R&B

Contemporary R&B Contemporary R&B is used to describe the new wave of R&B music that emerged in the 80s. The style developed and took elements from progressive soul, disco, and hip hop. Most notably, contemporary R&B was influenced by the rhythmic emphasis and use of electronic synths, effects, and percussion in these styles. This newer sound is typified in the…

Music Genre Microblog — Contemporary Folk

Contemporary folk Contemporary folk music, or now more commonly just known as folk music, refers to the revival of folk music that occurred in the 20th century when new, more popular forms appeared that had links to traditional folk music. During the genre’s formative years of 1930s-1950s artists such as Woody Guthrie set a precedent for the genre by singing…

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