Encyclopedia > Funk

  Article Content


Funk is a vigorous African American style of music developed mainly by James Brown and his band members on the one hand and groups like The Meters on the other hand. In the 1970s, George Clinton developed a new kind of funk he termed P Funk. Other prominent representatives of the genre in the 1970s: Bootsy Collins, Larry Graham, Ohio Players[?], The Commodores[?], War, Earth, Wind and Fire, Mass Production[?], Slave[?], Lakeside[?], and many more. In the 1980s, funk lost some of its audience as bands became more commercial and music more electronic. Today, hip hop artists regularly sample old funk tunes, sometimes for the purpose of waking them up to new recognition.

Funk can be best recognized by syncopated rhythm, thick bass line (often based on "on one" beat), razor-sharp rhythm guitars, yowlish vocals (as that of Cameo or Bar-Kays), strong rhythm-oriented brass section, percussion instruments, happiness in style, African tones, dance floor audience, and strong jazzy influences (e.g. as in Herbie Hancock, George Duke[?], Eddie Harries[?], and others).

Disco music owes a great deal to funk.

Most famous/typical funky songs of all time:

  1. Commodores - "Brick House"
  2. James Brown - "Sex Machine"
  3. Parliament - "Give Up the Funk"
  4. Earth, Wind and Fire - "Jupiter"
  5. Ohio Players[?] - "Fire"
  6. Temptations - "Shakey Ground"
  7. Tower of Power[?] - "Love Bug"
  8. Tower of Power[?] - "This is hip"
  9. Lakeside[?] - "Fantastic voyage"

Funk music was exported back to Africa in the mid to late 1960s, and melded with African singing and rhthyms to form Afrobeat.

Funk musicians:

All Wikipedia text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

  Search Encyclopedia

Search over one million articles, find something about almost anything!
  Featured Article
Great River, New York

... of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 29.0% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 12.7% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 39 years. For every 100 females there ...

This page was created in 39 ms