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Negro Spirituals/Field Music to Modern Day Hip-Hop

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Mackayla Goncalves

on 9 May 2014

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Strange Fruit - Billie Holiday
In 1999, Time Magazine name "Strange Fruit" the "song of the century". The Library of Congress put it in the National Recording Registry. It has been recorded dozens of times. Herbie Hancock and Marcus Miller did an instrumental version with Miller evoking the poem on his mournful bass clarinet.

"Strange Fruit" is a song performed most famously by Billie Holiday, who first sang and recorded it in 1939. Written by the teacher Abel Meeropol as a poem, it exposed American racism, particularly the lynching of African Americans.
What were the messages and what was the power of Black music to its people in America, especially early on?
As black music developed in its own forms, blacks became very polished at reproducing white music. After, the Civil War it was not weird for blacks to be hired for all-white affairs. By the early 1900s, the black professional musican was quite common in the North and large urban areas of the South. With the great migration of the blacks to the urban North came better jobs.
Early Forms Of Black Music
Two forms of music that emerged in the late 19th and early 20th century Often, outside the culture that creates these styles, they are at first looked
down upon as strange, ugly, not really music.
Roots of black music and and how was it changing?
Evolution Black Music
Negro Spirituals / Field Music to Modern Day Hip-Hop

By Mackayla Goncalves & Bryanna Teixeira
African American
Jazz Rhythm

What was the evolution of Black music from its roots to modern day styles such as hip hop?
Since its evolution throughout the South Bronx, hip hop culture has spread to both urban and suburban communities throughout the world.
How has it influenced other kinds of music that has became popular America?
Hip Hop first emerged with Kool Herc and (contemporary) disc jockeys and imitators creating rhythmic beats by looping breaks (small portions of songs emphasizing a percussive pattern) on two turntables. This was later accompanied by rap a rhythmic style of chanting or sometimes known as poetry, 16-bar measures of a frame, beat boxing, and a vocal technique.

Who was some of the most influential pioneers of it throughout its history?
Clarence Avant is an individual who helped grow the Motown era, a musical phase and culture wrapped around the Civil Rights Movement. "The Godfather of Black Music," Avant managed a club in Newark, NJ.
Moffett explained how Avant was able to look at the components of African-American music and evaluate its need.
Duke Ellington is the most profound American composer of the 20th century capturing the sound of American-American culture.

That core values of Black music have always been looking up. There was a secular style to it, but also spirituality. Music has evolved greatly in Black community from jazz, disco, soul, R&B, spoken word, hip pop, pop, to rap name a few genres.
Black Music
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