Soul is a popular music genre that originated in the United States in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. It combines elements of African-American Gospel music, Rhythm and Blues and Jazz. Soul music became popular for dancing and listening in the United States; where record labels such as Motown, Atlantic and Stax were influential in the civil rights era. Soul also became popular around the world, directly influencing Rock music and the music of Africa.

Soul Music spawned many off-shoots including Funk which turned into Hip-Hop and Disco which turned into House and Garage. Street Soul was uniquely British and was heavily influenced by the Jamaican heritage of many of its early exponents and was driven forward in the UK by Soul Control Sound System in Manchester and Soul II Soul in London.

Neo Soul is a marketing phrase coined in the early 1990’s by producer and record label executive Kedar Massenburg to describe a blend of 1970’s Soul-style vocals and instrumentation with contemporary R&B sounds, Hip-Hop beats and poetic interludes. Early exponents of the genre included D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, Maxwell, Angie Stone, Raphael Saddiq and Jill Scott.

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