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African American Music

American Black Music - How to Find a Recording

Find Recordings:

By Composer, Artist, or Performer

Search the catalog above using a personal name in the following format: last name, first name. Use the drop-down menu to select Artist


Gaye, Marvin;

Franklin, Aretha;

Turner, Ike

For a group, band, or artist with a single name or unconventional name, simply type in the name and select Artist from the drop-down menu.


The Supremes;



Sam and Dave

By Genre:

"Religious Folk Music"

"Work Songs"


Spirituals (Song) as a Subject search

The Blues



"Classic Jazz"

"Rhythm & Blues"

"Soul Music"

Rap (Music) as a Subject search

"Hip Hop"

Music Online - Listening Database Links

Use the following links to browse the search results for sound recordings from different genres of African American music from the Music Online Database.


G.R. Little Library

Elizabeth City State University