Have You Heard? Disco, dance, and house all derive from African American musical expression, and NMAAM shined the spotlight on some of the most influential artists to get us out On the Dancefloor: The Queen of Disco, Donna Summer; the Godfather of House Music, Frankie Knuckles; pop dance diva Jody Watley; house DJ Mr. Fingers; and the smoothest of the smooth, Steve “Silk” Hurley.