In the late 20th century we experienced the emergence of a new artform. This artform was termed Rap, a music genre consisting of a rhythmic and rhyming speech that is chanted, and accompanied by music. The music usually consisted of pre-recorded tracks from musicians past, pre-packaged samples, or sound loops. As rap gained popularity and eventually became mainstream, there was no longer a need for musicians and singers. Musicians were relegated to finding work wherever they could, and marketing and selling their music the best they could.
We Were Funky is a documentary that tells the story of the Funk/R&B musician, the music scene, and culture of the 70's. The backdrop is Atlanta, GA, a city that has played a major or contributing role in the development of various genres of American music at different points in it's history. In the 1970's Atlanta witnessed it's first African American mayor, and Hank Aaron breaking the great Babe Ruth's home run record. Live entertainment was flourishing, ripe with Funk/R&B bands, singers, and club owners that needed and appreciated them. This story is told from the perspective of local musicians of the era, as well as, popular Atlanta recording artists of the time. Some interviewees include Jimmy Brown/Regi Hargis (Brick), Mary Davis/Abdul Ra'oof (SOS Band), Bobby Lovelace (Midnight Star), Sonny Emory (solo artist, Earth Wind & Fire), Larry Tinsley (Radio Personality WAOK/V103), Theresa Hightower, Milk Shake, Dwight Smith (Maggabrain), and more.
We Were Funky will cover such topics as the music, the live entertainment club scene, the musicians, the band concept, and the music industry. All topics will be discussed from a 70's and present day perspective, in order to see the clear distinction between then and now. Furthermore, solutions to making Funk/R&B music popular again without the help of the big machine, will be discussed.