Behind the Beat
The African American Museum of Iowa 2014 exhibit will focus on music and its connection to the past. The influences of traditional African music can be seen in the spirituals sung by African Americans while they worked as slaves, elements of spirituals can be found in blues, blue led way to jazz, jazz spurred on r&b, rock and roll, hip hop, and other forms of modern music. Each musical style has ties to history, such as jazz and the Harlem Renaissance or Motown and the Civil Right Movement. To understand history, you just have to look Behind the Beat.