Funk is a musical genre that emerged in the mid-1960s in the United States, in the tradition of the hard bop movement, and which developed in the 1960s and 1970s.
Lccording to certain interpretations, the term funk comes from Anglo-American slang funky, which literally means "smelly", "that smells of sweat", an insult traditionally addressed to blacks by the WASP and then taken up by black artists such as Horace Silver in his piece Opus by Funk (1953).
Coming mainly from soul and jazz, funk is characterized by the predominance of the rhythm section (guitar, bass, drums) which plays syncopated patterns, the frequent presence of brass or saxophones on rhythmic punctuations (riffs) or else solos and, in general, by the large place given to instruments.
With his concept of "The One" (ie rhythmic support on the first beat), developed in the late 1960s, James Brown, at the crossroads of gospel, rhythm and blues, soul , blues and rock, synthesizing all the black American music of the XXth century, was considered as the godfather of funk. Emblematic titles such as Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud, Licking Stick, Give It Up or Turnit a Loose, There Was a Time, Super Bad, I Got the Feelin ', Funky Drummer, Talking Loud and Saying Nothing, Soul Power, Mother Popcorn and Sex Machine.
However, the origins of funk go back to the 1950s, when the idea for these rhythms came from New Orleans bars, which were poor and only had a piano to distract the clientele.
The piano was the ideal instrument for musicians to synthesize bass, drums, guitar, vocals or brass at the same time on a single instrument.
The funk then landed on the city streets, performed by the brass bands long before James Brown and saxophonist Maceo Parker popularized his style.
like the hard bop players, the funk musicians build a collective work around the guitar, bass and drums section which played the groove, a rhythmic figure which can be stretched and modulated at will which allows vocalists and instrumentalists to intervene. will.
Currently, many collectors are investing in LPs but also maxi 45rpm (or maxi 33rpm) by discovering other artists and groups who produced only in the United States during the 1970s and a good part of the 1980s as many LPs have never been released in compact disc which adds even more value to collectors.
Today, funk is evolving, it owes this change to the evolution of musical material which renews the genre with more electro melodies.
Funk has evolved over time.
Ft is true that we are no longer dealing with classic funk (example: The Godfather of Soul James Brown) but modern funk. The cheerful and positive spirit of funk, however, remains unchanged.
Funky acid · Funky blues · Funky dancefloor · Funky disco
Funky jazz · Funky jazz fusion · Funky r&b
Funky rap · Funky reggae