Dance music (popular music genre)
- Ian Peel
, 20th-century club dance music. It developed out of Disco and the invention of the synthesizer into a major worldwide force, eclipsing rock; unlike most others genres, it has developed at a very fast rate, aided largely by the continual invention of sub-genres and frequent artistic collaborations.
The roots of dance music can be traced to the early Hip hop crews of the New York streets in the late 1970s. Hip hop was the fusion of early DJ techniques (see DJ, Mix and Scratching), Rap, break dance and, significantly, graffiti culture. The DJ's use of specially extended versions of tracks (on 12-inch singles) had begun in the last days of disco with records by the New York Citi Peech Boys, D Train and others. Artists such as Kool Herc and D.J. Hollywood began mixing and scratching records at block parties in the south Bronx. They were then joined by early rap artists, who gave the Jamaican art of toasting a more contemporary, political and lyrical vitality. Afrika Bambaataa further developed hip hop with ...