African American music genre

Writing Assignment Two

In this assignment you will create an annotated playlist of an African American music genre (Blues, Jazz, Gospel, Soul, etc. [however you can not choose hip hop]).  The playlist must consist of twenty (20) songs. For each song list:

1. Artist

2. Date of composition

3. Social and historical time period (Harlem Renaissance, Great Depression, Civil Rights Movement, etc)

4. Impact of the songs on African American community and wider listening audience

Example:

Song: “Say it Loud- I’m Black and I’m Proud”

Artist: James Brown

Date: 1969

Time period: Say it Loud was released during the growing Black Power and Black Consciousness era of the late 1960s and 1970s.

Impact: In the song, James Brown adopts the growing Black Power stance of the period and uses his music to influence young African American to embrace pride in their African ancestry. He details many of the struggles faced by Black during the time period in the lyrics.  Say it Loud has been sampled by R&B and hip hop artist and is considered one of the most important songs of the 20th century. (James Brown, “Role as an Artist”)

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