While we commonly think of genres like hip-hop and R&B when we think of Black music, we must remember the artists who contributed to genres that are a little more under the radar.
Miles Davis was not only a jazz musician. He was a progressive thinker whose creations went on to influence the spirit and sound of modern music. From his early days jamming with trailblazers like Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker to his collaborations with icons like Thelonious Monk, Davis will always be remembered as a changemaker ahead of his time.
While mainly known for his work on stage as an actor, Paul Robeson was also renowned for his first-rate bass-baritone singing voice. The first professional singer to perform at Sydney Opera House, Robeson's performances were soul-stirring and evocative, leaving audiences awestruck.
Beyonce: A Living Legend
It would be impossible to celebrate Black music without noting the artists of modern times who continue to make their mark on music and society as a whole.
Beyoncé is the epitome of artistry. Her recent single 'Break My Soul' is a testament to her profound influence as fans gathered her lyrics to reinvigorate their passions. The songstress is a veteran in the game with a career spanning more than 20 years. Unafraid to reinvent herself, the Grammy-award-winning queen captures the world with her genre-bending brand of pop music that transcends across cultures. Iconic in her own right, she has left a mark imprinted on the minds of the world.
As Black musicians rise and shine in genres across the board, from pop and rock to underground and independent, we pay tribute to Black excellence in music every month.