Category: R&B History

The R&B Archives: Origins of a Genre

Pinpointing the exact moment that R&B was created is difficult for a couple of reasons. However, its origins are rooted in Ragtime, but it is a fusion of African American and Afro-Cuban sounds. The big band sound of jazz music transitioned popular music from Ragtime to a smoother, rhythmic style during the 1920s and 1930s.