As we join in the world’s celebration of Black History Month, we acknowledge how powerful being black is in itself and we celebrate how special melanin makes us. This article is a highlight of five really inspiring musicians from the black race in recent history.
1. Hugh Maseleka
The “Soweto Blues” crooner held down the space in the ‘60s and ‘70s with sounds from his trumpet. Hugh, from South Africa, was a big lover of humanity and spent a lot of his time helping underprivileged children in Soweto. He is regarded as the father of South African Jazz and is a very notable name in art and music.
2. Fela Kuti
Most famous for creating Afrobeat, a perfect blend of Highlife and Jazz, Fela is very often regarded to be the most important African musician of all time. Beyond music and his impeccable instrumentalism, Olufela was an activist, human rights advocate and maybe even a “prophet” to some because of his anti-government lyrics and lifestyle choices.
3. Miriam Makeba
Right at the point when apartheid and white-minority governance had South Africa at a chokehold, this woman – nicknamed “Mama Africa” – was very relevant as she used her music as a tool to play her part at liberating South Africa from the ugliness of the earlier mentioned societal issue. She died in 2008 after about 55 years of being active.
4. Michael Jackson
The American singer popularly called the “King of Pop” is regarded as one of the most cultural figures in the world’s history. He also happens to be the most awarded recording artist in pop music history. Michael died at 50 in 2009 from drug overdose. While he was alive, he was perceived to have a soft spot for children and black inclusiveness.
5. Stevie Wonder
When you hear what R&B is today, it’s because people like Stevie did a lot of work in shaping up the genre and even though he was visually impaired slightly after birth, Stevie Wonder went on to become a 22-time Grammy award winner, have over 100 million of his records sold across the world and have his name written in a good number of Halls of Fame.
The black race spells excellence in every case as black people across spheres in the society have contributed immensely towards the betterment of the world as a whole. We celebrate culture, we celebrate being black, and we celebrate equality in every sense of the word.
Itty can be caught studying African pop culture, writing about it or hosting a relationship podcast. When he's not doing any of these, then he's definitely at a bar, getting mocktail.