The Origin of funk
Back in the day if you told someone to get their funky azz feet off your couch, youre letting the fool know his feet was stinking up the joint.
Funk is pungent body odor or the “funky” after sex smell that’s usually acceptable after you and your partner just did the deed. Funk in many pretentious circles was commonly regarded as coarse or indecent. African musicians in America originally applied “funk” to music that had a slow, sexy, loose, riff-oriented, danceable and mellow groove. This later developed into a hard-driving, insistent rhythm because of the word’s association with sex.
According to those who know, musicians would encourage one another to “get down”, “put some stank (“stink”/funk) on it!”, in jam sessions. As late as the 1950s and early 1960s, when “funk” and “funky” were used increasingly in the context of soul music, the terms still were considered offensive and inappropriate for use in “polite” company.
The musical expressions of Africans in American are rooted in West African musical traditions, and find their legs in gospel, blues, soul music, jazz and R&B. Some of the best known and most skillful soloists in funk have jazz backgrounds. Trombonist Fred Wesley and saxophonist Maceo Parker are among the most notable musicians in the funk music genre, with both of them working with James Brown, George Clinton and Prince.
Traditional West African Music