The Best Black Rock Bands

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List Criteria: Either the band is majority black or has a clear leader who is (a la Phil Lynott). Solo artists (Jimi) OK. Rock only, no R&B.

A list of the best black rock bands including a few afro-punk and black alternative bands. While black rock musicians and afro-punks might only be a minority within the United States, remember that in other regions such as South America and Africa, they're the majority. The real irony though of black rock is that rock itself is derived from Rock 'n' Roll, which in turn was derived from African American jazz and blues. One could argue then that black rock forms a direct line back to rock's true origins. The African American rock bands on this list are some of the best out there-- in any genre.

What is the best black rock band? What are the names of some black rock bands? This list mostly contains famous black rock bands, if you have a favorite that isn't listed, add them and upvote your favorites!
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    Black Merda is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

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    Black Merda Psychedelic soul, Rock music, Funk rock

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    Southern soul, Instrumental rock, Electric blues

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    Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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    Jazz rap, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk

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    Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

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    Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues

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    Ragga, Nu metal, Dancehall

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    Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

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    Soul blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues

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    Psychedelic soul, Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues

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    Mandrill is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

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    Mandrill Funk

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    Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

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    Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

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    Chicano rock, Ska, Rock music

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    Jump blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    Disco, Jazz-funk, Rhythm and blues

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    Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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    Rock music, Garage punk, Garage rock

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Psychedelic rock

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    Pure Hell Classic Punk, Punk rock

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Latin American music

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    Doo-wop, Kozmigroov, Avant-garde jazz

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    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Electric blues

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    Harlem River Drive

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    Esquirita

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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    The Funkees

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    Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou

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    New Orleans rhythm and blues, Rhythm and blues, Funk

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    Fred Wesley and The J.B.'s

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    Rikki Ililonga & Musi-O-Tunya

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    Cybotron New Wave, Electronic music

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    Edzayawa

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    Disco, Rock music, Reggae

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    BLO

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    Black Randy is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

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    Black Randy

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    Electric blues, Free funk, Jazz

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    Pop music, Samba rock, Samba

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    Soul blues, Chicago blues, Blues

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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Funk

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    Maxayne

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    Free funk, Jazz

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    Psychedelic soul, Psychedelic pop, Jazz fusion

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    Psychedelic soul, Disco, Pop music

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    Amanaz

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    New Wave, Punk rock

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    Jazz

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