Black History Month is an important time of year for many people for very obvious reasons; it is also very import among musicians. Without our African-American brethren, we would not have some of the most important of the past 100 years. While many of their white counterparts have often taken the credit for their music over the years, black musicians have been instrumental (no pun intended) in creating and developing the most beloved styles of music in recent memory.
From the plantations as slaves to marching for greater freedoms in the 60’s, the struggles of the African-American community and their rich cultural history have found a voice through several unique styles of music. Imagine a world without the Blues, Jazz, R&B, Rock N’ Roll and Hip-Hop. Without their innovations and ability of blending many complex styles of music, we would never have experienced the “Motown Sound” or have discovered Elvis and the Beatles.
Here’s some influential African-Americans from different styles:
King of Pop