Black Women in the Music Industry

Written by on March 5, 2018

Black women in the music industry have made significant contributions over the years. This legacy starts in the 1870s with the Fisk Jubilee singers, who toured with traditional spirituals, and continues with the blues, to classic jazz, and rhythm and blues. Music has historically been a medium of expression for the African American community. The community’s traditional music was carried to the United States via the slave trade and adapted while they worked on plantations, eventually developing into various genres such as the blues, gospel music, and bluegrass.

The Fisk Jubilee Singers were a mixed group who became popular throughout the world for singing traditional spirituals and touring both the United States and England.[1] Sexist attitudes during the early 20th century made it difficult for African-American women to have a strong presence in mainstream music but despite this, many were still extremely influential in the genres of blues, jazz, and R&B.


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