Black Music Influence On American Culture

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Represent Many parts of music popular culture was created or directly influenced by Black music. Through the history of Black musical forms, each style represented a reality of the Black community, whether regionally or based on the time period and politics. Before enslaved Africans had the education to write their stories, they were told orally, often set to music. Highlighting the genius of a people, when there were ideas and stories that were adverse to those in power, Black people were able to hide their true messages in a song. This tradition never changed, even with emancipation, reconstruction, civil rights, and black power. Still oppressed in many different ways, music still captures and retells the reality of life as a …show more content…

From the political unrest of the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s Civil Rights, anti-Vietnam protests, and emergence of Black Power/Black Revolution ideals, soul music captured a variety of ideologies and presented them to the masses. Music allowed for a mix of the ideologies to the mass of Blacks across the nation, without having to formally declare one main ideology as the only one they subscribed to. Soul then gave birth to funk which allowed more freedom in musical expression while appropriating religious zeal and traditions and keeping critical political discourse. Major funk artists like Sly and the Family Stone, Parliament/Funkadelics, and the ever evolving James Brown provided pro-Black messaging with holy ghost inspired concerts that were really religious meetings. Whether it was the pentecostal services of Sly or the afrocentric sci-fi ideals of George Clinton, a historic sound and tradition that is unapologetically Black happened for all audiences.
As the decade of the 1970’s came to an end, a new Black music emerged like much of the others - wrapped in social realities of an genuinely Black experience. Rap/Hip Hop bursted on the seams relating many of the same political messages and ideologies heard decades before. Echoing the Black Power movement and using the musical culture as a way to rebuild Black communities constantly under attack, rap brought real life stories of an urban, younger

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