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Max Roach

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...Max Roach was a jazz drummer, dubbed the “Duke Ellington of Drums.” Roach pioneered the jazz style bebop by being the first drummer to play in the bebop style. Furthermore, Roach was also one of the first jazz musicians to teach full time...
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...Pascal-Emmanuel Sinamoyi, known as Tabu Ley, was a Congolese composer and singer-songwriter famous for experimenting with the Latin rumba to make it a national style, the Congolese soukous. Tabu Ley was born on November 13, 1937...

Paul Robeson

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...Paul Leroy Robeson was an African American singer, actor, and civil rights activist. His activism, as well as his leftist ideologies, is arguably considered to have ruined his American career, though he has remained popular in Europe...
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...Henry Russell was an English pianist, baritone singer, and composer. The year of his birth remains unconfirmed, but he was born on December 24th in either 1812 or 1813 in Sheerness, England. Russell started his music career as a child...

Max Romeo

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...Max Romeo is a reggae and roots reggae artist and producer who is popular in both Jamaica and the UK. Romeo was born Maxwell Livingston Smith on November 22, 1947, in St D’Acre, Jamaica. He left home at the age of fourteen to work...
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...Blinded at age seven by a kick of a horse, el ciego maravilloso (the marvellous blind) was born Ignacio Arsenio Travieso Scull in Cuba on August 31, 1911, but is more popularly known as Arsenio Rodríguez. Despite his blindness, Rodríguez...

David Rudder

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...David Michael Rudder helped make calypso music, a style of Afro-Caribbean music that is characterized by rhythmic and harmonic vocals, popular on an international scale. He is also one of the few calypso singers to write their own songs...
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...Little Richard is a musician and singer-songwriter. As the self-proclaimed “Architect of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” he has been an influential figure in popular music since the start of his career. Little Richard was born Richard Wayne Penniman...
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...Nicknamed The ‘Mats (from “The Placemats,” a mispronunciation of the band’s name), The Replacements were one of the most influential rock bands in the 1980s, having pioneered the genre of alternative rock in the United States. The band...
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...Django Reinhardt was a Belgian jazz guitarist and composer, considered to be the first and most significant jazz talent in European history. Reinhardt was born on January 23, 1910, in Liberchies, Belgium, to Romani-French gypsy parents...