New Orleans Soul

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Pianos were heavily used in Soul Music.

New Orleans Soul is a musical style derived from soul music which has a large influence on the Gospel (music). New Orleans soul has ingredients of pop music and soul and is influenced by boogie-woogie style. The songs always are accompanied by a piano and a saxophone. This became known, mainly, in the postwar era, in the Crescent City.

Picture of a Saxophone. The Saxophone was one of the primary instruments used in Soul Music.

This genus stands out for its pop base (what can be seen in the structures of genus) and Rock rhythms that have become very influenced by the "second line" hits, very popular in the city. Caribbean music and Latin music from the 60s earned great importance in the city and also inspired this genre of Soul to develop more exotic rhythms. Normal mid-tempo rhythms exist as well. Musicians place greater emphasis on melody and tone than on the letter, which sometimes makes little sense (much like most of this Wiki entry). The choir is always feminine, with the participation of one or two women in it.[1]


The first songs of this style of Soul emerged from the hand of songwriter and producer Allen Toussaint in 1960. Soon, however, this musical style began to assume great importance among other local and regional authorities. In the nineties, New Orleans Soul attracted the attention of many singers from other genres of soul music, in addition, influences to acquiring the Soul of the South. The success of this genre was originally developed in New Orleans, with little influence outside the city.

Picture of Mahalia Jackson singing at a concert in 1961.

Despite this, some musicians from Memphis have named the genre as a major element in the development of Soul of this city. That genre also influenced the Northern Soul and British soul. Around 1965, when the Soul of New Orleans had only five years of operation, Toussaint, the mentioned operator of this kind of Soul, produced a slower version of gender, which caused much of the birth of Funk. The genus was about 24 national successes.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Robert Fontenot (November 26, 2008). "New Orleans Soul Music - What is New Orleans Soul Music?". Retrieved September 25, 2010.

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