During the month of October, we celebrate Black History Month! With this year’s trending Black Lives Matter movement, Black History Month is vital to be talked about. Countless Generations of black people have impacted history but are misrepresented or forgotten about. So we dedicate this month to those figures that have shaped the world we live in today and reflect on the discrimination that the black community have experienced in the past. Black people have had a major influence on culture, especially music. Here a few of music’s biggest legends that should be celebrated during Black History Month:
Jimi Hendrix – James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix is regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists of all time. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes him as “arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music”. Hendrix was born in Seatle, started playing guitar at 15, had a mainstream career for 4 years, and unfortunately died in 1970 aged 27. Although his life was short, his time on earth changed rock as we know it.
Michael Jackson – The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, is one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century. He popularized complex dance moves that he used in music videos and performances. Techniques such as the “Moonwalk” have become iconic and associated with the pop music legend. Towards the end of his career he had a rather controversial skin colour change due to a skin condition. Although, Michael Jackson was still of the black ethnic group and stated publicly that he was “proud to be black”.
Louis Armstrong – The American musician, Louis Daniel Armstrong, was the most influential figures in jazz. His career spanned from the 1920s to the 1960s, a particularly tough time for black people. Armstrong is now featured in the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame.
Lauryn Hill – Lauryn Noelle Hill is an American singer, rapper and songwriter. She is celebrated for breaking barriers for female rappers and arguably bringing hip hop to popular music. She is regularly referred to as the greatest rapper of all time. Hill additionally had major influences on the Neo-soul genre with her debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
Prince – Prince Rogers Nelson was an American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, dancer, actor, and filmmaker. Many refer to him as the greatest musicians of his generation. Prince’s memorable status laid in his unique, sexy and stylish image that reflected his music and personality. He should be remembered for pushing the societal boundaries of sexuality, style, music and personality.
This list barely scrapes the surface of the legendary black musicians who have moulded the sounds of popular music that we hear today. Here at Bassline promotions, we encourage you to get involved with this years Black History Month. Read more here.