Funk is a distinct style of music originated by African-Americans,
e.g., James Brown and his band members (especially Maceo and Melvin
Parker), and groups like The Meters. Funk best can be recognized by its
syncopated rhythms; thick bass line (often based on an "on the one"
beat); razor-sharp rhythm guitars; chanted or hollered vocals (as that
of Marva Whitney or the Bar-Kays); strong, rhythm-oriented horn
sections; prominent percussion; an upbeat attitude; African tones;
danceability; and strong jazz influences (e.g., as in the music of
Herbie Hancock, George Duke, Eddie Harris, and others).
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