1920s to 1930s Harlem Renaissance

Taylor Watson

How did music change from the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920’s to the Depression in the 1930’s?

Harlem Renaissance

The Harlem Renaissance was known for African American poetry, acting, music, and the arts. This was the birth of Jazz music. The music was very popular. The Harlem renaissance was a celebration of Black history and culture, inspiring new ideas.

The Roaring 20's

Sweet Georgia Brown- Ethel Waters (1925)

This song talks about a pretty girl in georgia that no man can resist

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Ethel Waters - Sweet Georgia Brown - 1925

Hotter Than That - Louis Armstrong (1928)

This song has no words because the music speaks for it! This is a popular song that could be used to dance to.

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Hotter Than Hot - Louis Armstrong & his Hot Five - 1927

Ain't Misbehavin' - Thomas “Fats”Waller (1929)

This song is about him staying faithful to his girl and not entertaining any other woman.

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Fats Waller - Ain't Misbehavin' (1929)

The Great Depression - 1930s

The Great Depression - 1930s

Now we are in the time of major struggle and poverty as the country went into a depression.

Victoria Spivey - Detroit Moan (1936)

This song is about her had time in Detroit during the depression.

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Victoria Spivey - Detroit Moan (1936)

That Man on the WPA - Billie McKenzie

This song was about a lady being left by her partner because he no longer depended on her money anymore as he has got a with the WPA.

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Billie McKenzie- That Man On The W.P.A.

New Working on the Project - Peetie Wheatstraw (1937)

This song is about a man being afraid of losing their job after so much work had been done on a project the have been working on and not getting paid for it.

*304- paper tells you that you’ve lost your job

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New Working On The Project