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What is Funk and Soul Music?
Funk is a musical genre that emerged in the mid-1960s in the United States in the wake of the hard bop movement and developed during the 1960s and 1970s. The term funk comes from the Anglo-American slang word funky, which literally means “smelly”, “sweaty”, an insult traditionally addressed to blacks by WASPs and later taken up by black artists such as Horace Silver in his song Opus de Funk (1953).
Coming mainly from Soul and Jazz, funk is characterized by the predominance of the rhythm section (guitar, bass, drums) which plays syncopated patterns, the frequent presence of brass or saxophones on rhythmic punctuations (riffs) or solos and, in general, by the large place given to instruments.
In the mid-1960s, funk came alive from its rhythm and blues and soul roots, with lyrics emphasizing black advocacy and ghetto hardship. James Brown is considered the originator of urban, protest funk, first with the 1965 King Records track Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag, followed by the famous Sex Machine in 1970. Brown was closely followed by groups such as Dyke and The Blazers or Archie Bell and The Drells, Sly and the Family Stone, The Counts, The J.B.’s, Wilson Pickett, as well as The Meters, a group from New Orleans, a formerly French city whose musical history and annual carnival predisposed it to be one of the cradles of funk. The instrumentation is stripped down, the playing is unbridled and abundant, at the crossroads of rhythm and blues, soul and jazz.
Soul music, or simply soul, is a popular African-American music that emerged in the late 1950s in the United States, derived from, among others, gospel and rhythm and blues. It is considered by some as a return of rhythm and blues to its roots: gospel (church music)
Thus, soul music combines sacred emotion with secular themes, often with strong sexual overtones. Soul music has its roots in pop, gospel and negro spiritual. The black youth used it as a protest movement to react to the white community and the invasion of rock ‘n’ roll, whether white or black.
Soul music has its roots in traditional African-American gospel, rhythm and blues, and the hybridization of their respective secular and religious styles, in their lyrical and instrumental content, which took place in the 1950s.
According to AllMusic, “soul music is the result of the urbanization and commercialization of rhythm and blues.” The phrase “soul music” itself, referring to gospel-oriented music with secular lyrics, is first attested in 196124. The term soul emphasizes the culture and pride of the African American community.
Soul music dominated African-American charts in the United States in the 1960s. Otis Redding achieved success at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. At the same time, the genre became popular in the United Kingdom. Various American regions and cities such as New York, Detroit, Chicago, Memphis, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Muscle Shoals, Alabama (home of FAME Studios and Muscle Shoals Sound Studios) are noted for the emergence of various soul-derived sub-genres and their recording styles.
AllMusic cites Motown for launching pop-soul, a style of soul music with aggressive lyrics.40 This style includes artists such as Diana, who was born in Detroit. Dominated by Berry Gordy’s Motown Records empire, Detroit soul is highly rhythmic and gospel-inspired. The Motown sound style includes handclaps, powerful bass lines, and violins.This style includes artists such as Diana Ross, the Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, and Billy Preston. Popular in the 1960s, the style mellowed in the 1970s and led to the launch of Disco.
In 1968, the soul movement began to split. Artists such as James Brown and Sly & the Family Stone moved into funk, while others such as Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield, and Al Green focused on a variety of other, sometimes politically charged, genres. In 1968, the soul movement began to split. However, “even though soul music evolves, it never dies.
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