What is Funk?

Funk

Funk is a music genre that originated in the mid-late 1960s when African American musicians blended soul music, jazz and R&B into a rhythmic, danceable new form of music. Funk de-emphasizes melody and harmony and brings a strong rhythmic groove of electric bass and drums to the foreground. Funk songs are often based on an extended vamp on a single chord, distinguishing it from R&B and soul songs, which are centered on chord progressions.

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License To Funk
... Licence to Funk is a 2007 jazz / funk album by Nils Landgren. ...
Melodic Funk - History
... broadcast since the 80s, has popularised a soft version of the underground baile funk songs ... These soft versions formed a romantic sub-genre called melodic funk in Brazil, adding melodies and arrangements to the raw, beat-y funk tunes ... their music inspired the reinvention of Brazil's traditional music scene toward a more funk/hip-hop democratic scene in the late seventies and early eighties ...
Slam Dunk (Da Funk) - Track Listings
... USA CD Single "Slam Dunk (Da Funk)" - 338 "Slam Dunk (Da Funk)" - 230 USA CD Maxi Single "Slam Dunk Da Funk" - 706 "Slam Dunk (Da Funk)" - 352 "Slam Dunk (Da ...
Leonard A. Funk, Jr. - Medal of Honor Citation
... First Sergeant Funk's official Medal of Honor citation reads He distinguished himself by gallant, intrepid actions against the enemy ... Funk immediately assumed his duties, forming headquarters soldiers into a combat unit for an assault in the face of direct artillery shelling and harassing fire from the right flank ... Funk walked around the building and into their midst ...

More definitions of "Funk":

  • (noun): A state of nervous depression.
    Example: "He was in a funk"
    Synonyms: blue funk
  • (noun): United States biochemist (born in Poland) who showed that several diseases were caused by dietary deficiencies and who coined the term 'vitamin' for the chemicals involved (1884-1967).
    Synonyms: Casimir Funk