Anonymous asked in Entertainment & MusicMusicRock and Pop · 4 months ago

Know any black rock/punk/alternative bands?

I like these genres and I've noticed I mainly follow all-white or all-asian bands (with a few diverse bands in there) and artists. I'm trying to expand my listening and support black artists.


Thanks to the people who helped! 

13 Answers

  • 4 months ago

    Why does skin color matter? Did you know that Chuck Berry and Little Richard were pioneers of Rock and Roll? Record companies led people to believe that that genre was started by white artists.

  • Anonymous
    4 months ago

    Hell, yeah!  Have you seen the documentary titled "A Band Called Death"?

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  • 4 months ago

    I'd recommend checking out the 1960's psychedelic rock group called Love. Very influential in the history of rock music. Two of the five band members were black. 

    Chuck Berry is known as one of the pioneers of the rock genre, and I've heard many refer to him as the real king of rock.

    Jimi Hendrix, no introduction needed.

    Stevie Wonder, no introduction needed.

    Little Richard, an absolute legend.

    Two 90's British rock bands are Skunk Anansie and Morcheeba with black female lead vocalists. 

    Massive Attack is a contemporary band, most famous for "Teardrop", featured in the opening theme of the series House M.D.

    Gary Clark Jr. is a  contemporary rock musician. Very talented and great guitarist- I saw him open for the Rolling Stones. 

    Lenny Kravitz is a well known, influential rock musician. 

    Robert Finley (contestant on last year's America Got Talent).

  • mars
    Lv 7
    4 months ago

    Check out the -proto punk/rock- band Death (orig. '71-'77).

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  • 4 months ago

    Well you know Jimi Hendrix, Prince, Slash, Lenny Kravitz, Living Colour etc. And if you don't? Well you do now, so off to YouTube/Spotify/Lastfm with you. 

    But for the styles you're after(Was gonna add links but Yahoo ain't havin' that, for some odd reason)?


    Bad Brains

    Body Count

    Pure Hell


    24-7 Spyz

    Orange 9mm

    Big Hate


    Black Pantera 

    Negro Terror 

    And a few non/punk/alt rock. 

    Thin Lizzy 


    King's X 

    Mothers Finest

    Black Merda

    Tony MacAlpine

    Animals As Leaders

    Howe II

    Sound Barrier 

    Pinnick Gales Pridgen 

    Unlocking The Truth


    Vintage Trouble


    But if there's one person that's deserves the most the most appreciation it's Sister Rosetta Tharpe. It's insane how little known she is.

  • 4 months ago

    Bad Brains.


  • 4 months ago

    Living Color was one that really rocked.

  • 4 months ago

    Eklatanz from Heretoir (but it seems clear, I never met him, he is German and I don't know his origins) for sure. Perhaps you may be more interested in the third album, "The Circle", which embraces more post-rock, and also has clean vocals, compared to his other albums, more metal.

  • 4 months ago

    Support music, it isn't a skin color anon.

  • 4 months ago

    Robert Randolph & The Family Band

    Keziah Jones (I suggest the BluFunk is a Fact album)

    Eric Gales

    Gary Clark Jr.

    Trombone Shorty (New Orleans, check out the Austin City Limits show)

    Of course do not forget Jimi Hendrix (one of my all time favs)

    Esperanza Spading (certainly a genius. Sophisticated Jazz)

    Erykah Badu

    WAR (an OUTSTANDING band)

    Sly & The Family Stone

    I am a HUGE fan of a GREAT Hammond B3 player. These are old, very old but WOW

    Eddie Lockjaw Davis - (Shirley Scott playing the B3) I suggest his Cookbook. 3 CDs

    Jimmy McGriff is funky on the B3. (Try his Electric Funk Album)

    Otto Williams Playing that badasss Bass Line

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    Gary Clark

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    Trombone Shorty & Oleans Avenue (Austin City Limits show)

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