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INTRO

Nate Oakley created this group fourteen

years ago, and why?

Metal was such an extreme style to his family

and overall hometown, so he wanted to reach

Black rockers for answers...representation.

He asked the world: where were more

metalheads who looked like him?

Was there a space to welcome us?

We had to seek out each other...

if you build it, they will come!

Kimetal () and Nicokali, #BRU Media

are multi-media metalheads from

Barbados, and the DMV!

(We're all still recounting roots).

We are SO inspired by Laina Dawes, the author

of  What Are You Doing Here?

A Black Woman's Life and

Liberation in Heavy Metal.

Dallas is a Black Rockers United admin from

the acclaimed NJ metal band,

God Forbid (1996-2009).

His bombastic, harmonic rhythm guitar

carried metalcore through the 1990's

tangibly and we owe the Coyles a lot!

Ali Bishop is part of Sound Frontier: rockin'

into the 21st century.

View our metal playlist for #BRUTalks

and consistent updates.

Black History Month Playlist

March/Women's History Month Black Rock-Her Playlist

Jouvert Fete Playlist

TIMELINE

1600's-1970's

Every instrument in bluegrass, blues and rock

has an African counterpart.

Blues evolved from a forcible blend of

African (Bakongo, Hausa,

Sisaala, etc.), Indigenous American

and European music:

yearning for home while making a new one here.

Rock grew in ancestral experience

from Africa to the Americas: Barbados,

Brazil, Jamaica, Puerto Rico,

Trinidad, the United States.

"I think it's important for anyone that loves rock music

to realise that it all came from the early

Black musicians playing The Blues

with the one thing more important than the notes...Feeling!

Rock music has come an awfullong way since then,"

John Campbell said in our first #BRUTalk.

Blues birthed rock: a hybrid

that Black Death, Chuck Berry, Tina Turner,

Funkadelic, Sound Barrier, Screamin' Jay,

24-7 Spyz and Living Colour play.

Our ethnic cousins in the Gambia, Senegal,

Ghana and beyond play parallels like xalams

(pronounced heh-lahm): ancient

five-stringed lutes across Western Africa.

@blackrockersunited

##BRU wishes a happy Valentine’s Day as we remind everyone: Africa ROCKS, did it first! Enjoy our short doc/spotlight. 🤘🏾 ##music ##BlackRockersUnited

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 17th-20th century gave us most of rock's foundation.

Screamin' Jay spooks us to this day.

Lead Belly, King of the 12-String, mesmerized with

rockin' songs "Goodnight Irene" and "Tell Me Baby".

 His steel thumb pick gave guitar

a metallic sound before Tony Iommi!

Blind Lemon Jefferson and Lead Belly

held space for  "Lightnin'" Hopkins and T-Bone Walker,

so those young Black rockers could start their careers.

Memphis Minnie was always meant to shine,

and as Led Zeppelin is considered the precursor

to heavy metal like Black Sabbath?

She's a reigning mother of metal too.

Robert Johnson was the blues man around town

if the crossroads aren't familiar.

You just knew he was special,

even in earlier days.

Life happened quickly for Johnson.

He lost his teenage wife and young baby before 18.

Roads, touring life called him away soon.

Son House and Robert Johnson were grooving

on guitar by 1930.

☆Robert Johnson Spotlight ☆

So there were definitely big shoes to fill.

No, Johnson didn't sell his soul.

He just practiced very thoughtfully

(witchcraft to some musicians, haha)!

Read about the famed Dallas and

San Antonio Sessions!

"Terraplane Blues" is an example of that Delta smoothness.

Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Robert Palmer

all cite this seminal bluesman, the notorious

Mississippi rock-star as their inspiration.

☆ Screamin' Jay Hawkins Spotlight ☆

Screamin' Jay Hawkins is widely known as

THE shock rock king

before Alice Cooper or G.G. Allin.

Their hometown is Cleveland, OH just like Black Death!

Screamin' Jay Hawkins had been an opera singer and

unsuccessful boxer in pre-recording days.

His musical venture proved to be a fruitful one.

Then you have Sister Rosetta Tharpe, whose

rock riffs and multi-instrumental skills created a

genre that thrives through her innovation.

"Rock Me" indeed. There is no way to

overstate the impact.

You hear her guitar solos, and immediately understand.

Our favorites are "This Little Light of Mine" and

"Strange Things Happenin' Everyday".

She channeled civil rights into multiple live shows

as the movement spread, and

her platform strengthened.

Rosetta had metal power!

Travelling country, gospel, jazz musicians

moved across America—Tina's hometown like griots.

Young Anna Mae Bullock became

a rock legend after generations

Reconstructed their very identity.

BRU lives for timelines like hers.

We have a ☆ Spotlight ☆ on Tina Turner!

Check her Hall of Fame profile too.

Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Miles and Billy Cox

decided for future generations: rock could be funky,

gritty and melodic all at once!

Buddy played with everyone from Santana to Jimi,

the Delfonics, Ink Spots and more.

@blackrockersunited His charisma and phenomenal talent blow us away 51 years later. 🎸 How do you describe rock without Jimi Hendrix? Is it possible? #JimiHendrix #rock ♬ original sound - Black Rockers United

Jimi inspired McCartney to

buy his own electric guitar.

Thin Lizzy brought Black Dublin and metal's

proto-sound to worldwide audiences.

Don't forget it!

It was a process much like folk-to-blues-rock here.

African-American rockers contributed

entire histories without full recognition.

The Metal Islands is a recent documentary

about Caribbean metal.

We also know: Caribbean punks and mosh

scenes were an aggressive scene of

yardcore, rude boy music that combined

reggae to literally rock steady.

Mosh it up = mash it up!

How do you think Bad Brains came to rock?

We wouldn't have punk/metal as it is without them in 1977.

King's X is a HUGELY relevant rock-metal band

which started in 1979.

☆ #BRU Spotlight ☆

This powerful trio: bassist/singer Doug Pinnick,

drummer Jerry Gaskill and guitarist/vocalist

Ty Tabor should be known!

King's X traversed underground

and mainstream popularity with albums

Out of the Silent Planet, Faith Hope Love, etc.

Lord Bishop Rocks performed with King's X

AND Living Colour in the 90's!

Talk about metal connectivity.

A network of hard-genre rockers has been forming for years.

Fishbone established themselves as

one of music's best bands yet in 1979.

They bring the NOISE to worldwide audiences

and broke new ground in every way for everyone.

Please listen to 'em and learn something about metal!