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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    Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

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    Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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    Southern soul, Instrumental rock, Electric blues

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Future soul

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    Haiqeem is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

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    Haiqeem Post Grunge, Alternative Rock, Rock

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    Soul blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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    Ragga, Nu metal, Dancehall

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    Psychedelic soul, Disco, Pop music

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    Jazz

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    Nu metal, Industrial metal, Heavy metal

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    Free funk, Jazz

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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Funk

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    Chicano rock, Rock music, Brown-eyed soul

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    Nu metal, Heavy metal, Extreme metal

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    Electric blues, Free funk, Jazz

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    Fred Wesley and The J.B.'s

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    Soul blues, Chicago blues, Blues

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    Pure Hell Classic Punk, Punk rock

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    New Orleans rhythm and blues, Rhythm and blues, Funk

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    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Electric blues

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Psychedelic rock

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    Punk blues, Juke joint blues, Country blues

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    Black Ant Hip-roc Band is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Best Black Rock Bands

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    Black Ant Hip-roc Band

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    Disco, Rock music, Reggae

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    Nu metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

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    New Wave, Punk rock

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    Maxayne

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    Harlem River Drive

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    BLO

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    Edzayawa

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    Esquirita

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    The Funkees

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    Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou

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    Psychedelic soul, Psychedelic pop, Jazz fusion

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    Amanaz

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    Rikki Ililonga & Musi-O-Tunya

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    Mandre

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    Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Hard bop

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Latin American music

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    Pop music, Samba rock, Samba

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    New Age music, Dance music, Rhythm and blues

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    Group Doueh

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    Doo-wop, Kozmigroov, Avant-garde jazz

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