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The Effects of Music The community of Harlem is one which is rich in history and culture Throughout its development it has seen everything from poverty to urban growth In spite of this the people of this community banded together to establish a strong community that became the model for other black urban areas As a result of this millions have migrated to this community since the 1880s bringing with them heritages and traditions of their own One of these traditions was that of music and it was through music that many flocked to Harlem especially in the 1920s through 1950s to seek their fortune in the big apple Somewhere around the year 1918 this melting pot of southern blacks deeply rooted in the traditions of spirituals and blues mixed with the more educated northern blacks to create an atmosphere of artistic and intellectual growth never before seen or heard in America Here was the birth of the Harlem Renaissance Harlem New York originally a village along with Brooklyn was first settled by the Dutch around 1613 Today it is a black and Hispanic community in Manhattan that is bounded by 110th St on the south and 155th St on the north and has Lenox and 8th Avenues serving as its main arteries Harlem Renaissance This area served as the cultural capital of black America in the 1920s and 1930s and also the major center of night life in New York City Unfortunately during this time the term New Yorker did not included anyone of color Although as the years progressed many blacks were employed in these clubs as musicians but none were granted admittance into these clubs Consequently there were several attempts by blacks to establish musical businesses of their own The first black owned record company Black Swan Records was established in 1920 by Harry Pace as was WC Handys music publishing business The Harlem Renaissance began around 1918
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