Funk: Music as a Cultural Artifact


On the internet or your phone, listen to TWO of the following songs from the funk genre in the list below:  

Wild Cherry, “Play that Funky Music” 

Lyn Collins, “Think (About It)” 

Isley Brothers, “It’s Your Thing”

War, “Lowrider” 

Marvin Gaye, “Got to Give It Up”

James Brown, “Papas Got A Brand New Bag”

Funkadelic, “One Nation Under a Groove” 

Sly and the Family Stone, “Thank You” 

Rufus and Chaka Khan, “Tell Me Something Good” 

Kool and the Gang, “Jungle Boogie” 

Kool and the Gabg, “Get Down on It” 

The Commodores, “Brick House” 

Rick James, “Super Freak”

Zapp, “Bounce to the Ounce”

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Unit 5 – Funk – Music as a Cultural Artifact – Guided Listening Assignment

After listening to your TWO selections, answer the following questions in a word document:

Define the musical term: Funk o Share a brief biography of each of the two bands you chose.

Name the members of each of these bands.

What are the lyrics of each of the songs that you chose?

What are the ideas being addressed in each of these songs? 

What is the date that the original music was written? What is the date that this original recording was made/released ?  

Has anyone else recorded the two songs you have chosen? If so, find one YouTube recording of “covers” of each the two songs you have chosen if they are available. If nothing is available, please indicate that as well.

List the instruments you hear in these recordings. Are each of these songs the same or different instrumentation? 

How would you describe the rhythm? 1950s shuffle rhythm, ska, rock steady, reggae? 

What was your favorite thing about the performances/recordings? 

What emotions did the performances/recordings make you feel when you heard it?


Two to three pages in length, excluding the Reference page.

APA format, including an in-text citation for referenced works.

At least four resources.

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