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1 Name Course Title Instructor 24/06/2017 Comparative Essay on Blues and Rap Blues Music has a deeper root in the history of America, especially African- Americans. It first started in the Southern parts of America by African-Americans, (Meadows and Titon 381). Over the years, it gained popularity and it even reached a point where it was adopted by the white people and this, made it more acceptable and appreciated not only in America but also all over the world. It is during the period when white performer decided to major in this genre that it attracted more attention and critic. The Blues developed over that time, (Meadows & Titon 381). In the early 70s and late 80s, most performers had learned to appreciate it and even perform mostly. Songwriters of those days adopted this genre and to some extent it dominated. This is the time where the music was referred to as Devil’s Music by not only devout Christians but also some white communities. It was regarded as a genre that best fit the African Americans that were living in America. This was way back in the late 19 th century. Slaves, ex-slaves and their descendants are the originators of Blues music. African Americans could sing the songs as they were sharecropping in the plantations where they were forced to work and serve their masters. This genre specifically originated in the southern parts of the southern parts of the United States of America. It comprised of field hollers, spirituals, shouts and rhymed simple narrative ballads.
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2 The expression that gave birth to the name of the genre is the ‘Blue Devil’, which is traced back to 17 th century historical and literature pieces, (Meadows and Titon 381).
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