Con Funk Shun – Bio

Con Funk Shun

Con Funk Shun is a Funk & Soul band formed the early 70’s. The group was formed by Michael Cooper (vocalist/guitar) and Louis “Tony” McCall (drummer), along with Karl Fuller (trumpet), Paul “Maceo” Harrell (saxophone/flute), Dennis Johnson, Cedric Martin, and Danny “Sweet Man” Thomas. Felton Pilate (trombone/lead vocals) was the last to join the group. They all have been playing together since their high school days in the city of Vallejo, Ca.

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Roger Troutman

Who is Roger Troutman?

Roger Troutman is a funk/soul R&B artist from Ohio, and lead singer of the band Zapp.  He made many Funk and R&B hits throughout the 1980’s. Roger made the Talk Box instrument popular and used it as a center piece of his music. Most of his music sends out happy vibes and danceable sounds. Some of his more popular songs as a solo artist include “I Wanna Be Your Man” and his cover of “I’ve Heard It Through The Grapevine.”

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Zapp (Band)-Biography

Zapp (Band)

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Zapp is a soul/funk band form Ohio, established in the late 70’s. The band consists of  The Troutman Brothers: Roger, Larry, Terry, and Lester as well as Gregory Jackson. The band’s distinct sound was the use of an instrument called the Talk Box. This instrument at the time wasn’t used as a lead instrument, but this band embraced it. This being played over a happy upbeat dance style of Funk is the original sound of Zapp. Some of the more influential songs from this band are “More Bounce To The Ounce” and “Dance Floor.” The groups success was due to Roger and his Talk Box which gives off and creates a more happy atmosphere. Larry and Roger were the head of the group. Larry was the road manager and the leader of the group in terms of all major decisions and connections. Roger dealt with the production and lead singing.

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Afrika Bambaataa

Sean Wilson 2004, Afrika Bambaataa, Tokyo

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In 1982, an artist by the name of Afrika Bambaataa created a song by the name of Planet Rock. Soul Sonic Force is the name of the group featured in this song which consisted of Afrika Bambaataa, Jazzy Jay, Mr. Biggs, G.L.O.B.E., Whiz Kid and Pow Wow. This is a classic hip-hop song, mainly created for break dancing. This song is very inspirational to the hip hop culture as well as this specific style of dancing. I really like this song because of the message it gives to its listeners, the connections it gives trough African culture, and the positive influence it gave on the hip-hop culture.

Afrika Bambaataa is known as the godfather of hip-hop. He formed the group called Zulu Nation, which was his crew originally called “The Organization.” At first the group consisted of a break dance crew, but eventually there were emcees, DJs, and graffiti artists included.

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This song is more than just something to dance to. This song was for people to come together and have fun and create peace. In this video, there were many people of different races break dancing together. This shows how this song helped focus on dance and not color of skin. All these different people having fun dancing, break dancing, and battling, show a sense of diversity. Another reason this song is so diverse is because of the clothing the artists wear. They wear African clothing and colors and Native American feathers. This shows the connection with their African culture and understanding of Native American history.

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Introducing Old-School Music

What is music?

The official definition of music is the art or science of combining vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion.

What is Old-School Music?

Now that you have the understanding of what music is, let’s talk about Old-School music. There isn’t an official definition for old school music but this term refers to the music from the past. It can range anywhere before the past decade. Old-School music might also relate to the type of style one organizes, performs, and plays a specific genre of music. Even instruments can be used in a way that was very popular in the music industry in the past giving it an Old-School sound.

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