R&B and Soul Music
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- Funk is an American musical style that originated in the mid- to late-1960s when African American musicians blended soul music, soul jazz and R&B into a rhythmic, danceable new form of music. Funk de-emphasizes melody and harmony, and brings a strong rhythmic groove of electric bass and drums to the foreground. Unlike R&B and soul songs, which had many chord changes, funk songs are often based on an extended vamp on a single chord.
Like much of African inspired music, funk typically consists of a complex groove with rhythm instruments such as electric guitar, electric bass, Hammond organ, and drums playing interlocking rhythms. Funk bands also usually have a horn section of several saxophones, trumpets, and in some cases, a trombone, which plays rhythmic "hits".
"Lose My Breath" is an R&B-dance-pop song performed by the American group Destiny's Child. It was written by Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, Rodney Jerkins, LaShawn Daniels, Fred Jerkins III, Sean Garrett, and Shawn "Jay-Z" Corey Carter for Destiny's Child's fourth studio album, Destiny Fulfilled (2004). The song was already developed by Jerkins before it came to Destiny's Child. After hearing the song, they further improved it with help from Jay-Z.
"Lose My Breath" was released as the album's lead single in late 2004, considered as their comeback after a three-year hiatus. The single was critically and commercially successful, receiving positive responses from critics and the public. "Lose My Breath" reached the top spot on most charts in Europe, making it one of Destiny's Child's most successful single releases.
The song was nominated at the 2005 Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo Or Group. The single's music video, which features Destiny's Child in three characters, also received nominations.
American record producer Rodney Jerkins, who had previously collaborated with the group on the 2000 single "Say My Name", had worked on the material before Destiny's Child knew about it. Beyoncé Knowles and Michelle Williams heard only the drums of the track and they liked it. They went to their band mate Kelly Rowland, who was excited without hearing it after seeing their expressions. Alongside Jerkins, the group asked for help from American rapper Jay-Z. Jay-Z made a chorus without hearing the track. They took the chorus and wrote the verses and bridge around it.
"Lose My Breath" is an R&B song performed with a dance beat. The song is composed in the key of E♭ major and is set in common time. The song features drum sequence and choppy beats with hand-clappy percussion and clipped synthesizer blips. The lyrics are constructed in the chorus-verse pattern. The song opens with a chorus following Beyoncé's rendition of the first verses. The chorus follows, leading to Rowland's second verses. The chorus is repeated twice before the bridge by Michelle. The trio sings together in a short ad lib ending with a repeated chorus.
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- Picture Notes: Soul singer Dorretta Carter at the Museumsquartier in Vienna (Jazz-Fest Wien)
Eunice Kathleen Waymon, better known by her stage name Nina Simone (IPA: ninɐ sʌmɞnɑ) (February 21, 1933 – April 21, 2003), was a Grammy Award-nominated American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger and civil rights activist.
Although she disliked being categorized, Simone is generally classified as a jazz musician. She preferred the term "Black Classical Music" herself. Simone originally aspired to become a classical pianist, but her work covers an eclectic variety of musical styles besides her classical basis, such as jazz, soul, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop music. Her vocal style (with a rich alto vocal range) is characterized by intense passion, breathiness, and tremolo. Sometimes known as the High Priestess of Soul, she paid great attention to the musical expression of emotions. Within one album or concert she could fluctuate between exuberant happiness or tragic melancholy. These fluctuations also characterized her own personality and personal life, worsened by a bipolar disorder with which she was diagnosed in the mid-sixties, but was kept secret until 2004.
Simone recorded over 40 live and studio albums, the biggest body of her work being released between 1958 (when she made her debut with Little Girl Blue) and 1974. Songs she is best known for include "My Baby Just Cares for Me", "I Put a Spell on You", "I Loves You Porgy", "Feeling Good", "Sinner Man", "To Be Young, Gifted and Black", "Strange Fruit", "Ain't Got No-I Got Life" and "I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl". Her music and message made a strong and lasting impact on African-American culture, illustrated by the numerous contemporary artists who cite her as an important influence (among them Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys, Jeff Buckley, and Lauryn Hill), as well as the extensive use of her music on soundtracks and in remixes.
Simone was born Eunice Kathleen Waymon in Tryon, North Carolina, one of eight children. She began playing piano at her local church and showed prodigious talent on this instrument. Her concert debut, a classical piano recital, was made at the age of ten. During her performance, her parents, who had taken seats in the front row, were forced to move to the back of the hall to make way for white people. Simone refused to play until her parents were moved back. This incident contributed to her later involvement in the civil rights movement.
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