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Soul music

Music genre
Stylistic originsRhythm and blues - Gospel - Doo-wop - Jazz
Cultural originsLate 1950s, United States
Typical instrumentsGuitar - Bass - Piano - Organ - Drums - Horn section - Keyboards - Vocals
Mainstream popularityInternational, 1960s through early 1980s
Derivative formsFunk - Disco - Hip hop - Contemporary R&B
SubgenresBlue-eyed soul - Brown-eyed soul - Motown Sound - Psychedelic soul - Smooth soul - Quiet Storm
Fusion genresNeo soul - Soul blues - Soul jazz - Spoken word soul - Nu jazz
Regional scenesBritish soul - Chicago soul - Detroit soul - Memphis soul - New Orleans soul - Northern soul - Philly soul - Southern soul
Other topicsSoul Musicians

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Soul music is a music genre originating in the United States combining elements of gospel music and rhythm and blues. According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, soul is "music that arose out of the black experience in America through the transmutation of gospel and rhythm & blues into a form of funky, secular testifying." Catchy rhythms, stressed by handclaps and extemporaneous body moves, are an important feature of soul music. Other characteristics are a call and response between the soloist and the chorus, and an especially tense vocal sound. The genre also occasionally uses improvisational additions, twirls and auxiliary sounds.

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