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James BrownAbout Funk Republic Radio

Funk Republic is an Internet radio station that plays funk and soul music. Wanna’ hear funk music, listen now.  We’re located just south of Seattle, but shout out to all of our funk and soul brothers and sisters world wide. From Chicago, New York, LA, Atlanta, and Cincinnati, to Germany, UK, Netherlands and of course our friends in Africa!

From funk, soul, and bit of disco, if it’s funky… we’re playin’ it. Not just those Top 100 cuts you remember from the radio, but those deep, deep album cuts you forgot about. Take the 60′s thru the 90′s, Isley Brothers, James Brown, Con-Funk-Shun, Ohio Players, and much more!

While Funk Republic Radio plays a solid foundation of classic funk… you know like James Brown, The J.B.s, Maceo Parker, Tower of Power, etc., we also play most of the funk sub-genres like: Disco Funk, Electro-Funk, Go-Go, G-Funk, Funk Jam, Afro-Beat, Jazz Funk, Funk Rock, and even a bit of Funk House, not to mention soul and some neo-soul.

Stay tuned to hear about our live DJ mix shows, and special appearances by our very own JJ Nite.

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What is Funk Music?

Ohio PlayersFunk is a music genre that originated in the mid-late 1960s when African American musicians blended soul musicjazz and R&B into a rhythmicdanceable new form of music. Funk de-emphasizes melody and harmony and brings a strong rhythmic groove of electric bass and drums to the foreground. Funk songs are often based on an extended vamp on a single chord, distinguishing it from R&B and soul songs, which are centered on chord progressions.

Like much African-inspired music, funk typically consists of a complex groove with rhythm instruments such as electric guitarelectric bassHammond organ, and drums playing interlocking rhythms. Funk bands sometimes have a horn section of several saxophonestrumpets, and in some cases, a trombone, which plays rhythmic “hits”.

Many of the most famous bands in the genre also played disco and soul extensively. Funk music was a major influence on the development of disco music and afrobeat, and funk samples have been used extensively in genres including hip hophouse music and drum and bass. It is also the main influence of go-go, a subgenre associated with funk.

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