Black British rock musicians

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  1. Slash



    Saul Hudson (born July 23, 1965), better known by his stage name Slash, is a British-American musician and songwriter. He is best known as the former lead guitarist of the American hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with whom he achieved worldwide success in the late 1980s and early 1990s. During his later years with Guns N' Roses, Slash formed the side project Slash's Snakepit. He then co-founded the supergroup Velvet Revolver, which re-established him as a mainstream performer in the mid to late 2000s. Slash has since released three solo albums, Slash (2010), featuring an all-star roster of guest musicians, Apocalyptic Love (2012) and World on Fire (2014) recorded with singer/guitarist Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge, along with rhythm section Brent Fitz and Todd Kerns, known on the album as The Conspirators.

  2. Martin Gore

    Martin Gore


    Martin Lee Gore (born 23 July 1961) is an English singer songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist, producer, remixer, and DJ. He is a founding member of Depeche Mode and has written the majority of their songs. His work now spans over three decades. Gore's best-known compositions include hits such as "Personal Jesus", "Enjoy the Silence", "Stripped","It's No Good", "In Your Room", "I Feel You", "People Are People","Precious","A Question of Time", "Policy Of Truth", "Everything Counts", "Behind the Wheel", "Shake the Disease", "Never Let Me Down Again" and many more.

  3. Joan Armatrading

    Joan Armatrading


    Joan Anita Barbara Armatrading, MBE (/ˈɑrməˌtrdɪŋ/, born 9 December 1950) is a British singer-songwriter and guitarist.

  4. Phil Lynott

    Phil Lynott


  5. Roachford



    Andrew Roachford (born 22 January 1965) is a British singer-songwriter.

  6. Skin



    Deborah Anne Dyer, known by the stage name Skin, (born 3 August 1967) is an English singer, a Dj for electronical music and occasional model. As Deborah Dyer, Skin studied Interior Design at Teesside University in Middlesbrough and they later honoured her with an honorary degree. She is currently the lead vocalist of English band Skunk Anansie. Mavis Bayton, author of Frock Rock, an academic book about women musicians in Britain, says that "women like Skin, Natacha Atlas, Yolanda Charles, Mary Genis, and Debbie Smith are now acting as crucial role models for future generations of black women. " In 2015 she joined the judging panel of the Italian version of the talent show The X Factor.

  7. Finley Quaye

    Finley Quaye


    Finley Quaye (born 25 March 1974, Edinburgh, Scotland) is a Scottish musician. He won the 1997 Mobo Award for best reggae act, and the 1998 BRIT Award for Best Male Solo Artist.

  8. Mikey Craig

    Mikey Craig


    Michael Emile "Mikey" Craig (born 15 February 1960) is an English musician and DJ, best known as a bassist of the 1980s pop group Culture Club.

  9. Kele Okereke

    Kele Okereke


    Kelechukwu "Kele" Rowland Okereke (born 13 October 1981), also known by the mononym Kele, is a British musician, best known as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the indie rock band Bloc Party.

  10. Roland Gift

    Roland Gift


    Roland Lee Gift (born 28 May 1961) is a British singer and actor. He was the lead singer of the band Fine Young Cannibals.

  11. A.r. Kane

    A.r. Kane


  12. Don Letts

    Don Letts


    Don Letts (born 10 January 1956) is a British film director, DJ and musician.

  13. Josh Osho

    Josh Osho


  14. Benji Webbe

    Benji Webbe


    Clive "Benji" Webbe (born 11 March 1967) is a Welsh singer best known as the lead vocalist for the a reggae/nu metal band Skindred as well as lead singer of Dub War, Mass Mental and his own solo project. He has also featured on albums by Bullet For My Valentine and Soulfly, and plays the synthesizer in Skindred.

  15. Ray Dorset

    Ray Dorset


    Raymond Edward "Ray" Dorset (born 21 March 1946, Ashford, Middlesex) is an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, and founder of Mungo Jerry. He composed most of the songs for the band, including the hit singles "In the Summertime", "Mighty Man", "Baby Jump", "Lady Rose", "You Don't Have to Be in the Army to Fight in the War", "Long Legged Woman Dressed in Black", and "Hello Nadine".

  16. Basement 5

    Basement 5


    Basement 5 were a reggae punk fusion band from London founded in 1978. Their first vocalist was Winston Fergus, then Don Letts. One of their early performances was a support for Public Image Ltd.'s London debut at the Rainbow on Christmas Day 1978. Finally in 1979 Dennis Morris - legendary photographer of Bob Marley and the Sex Pistols, took over as creative force, lead vocalist and lyricist. He also designed the Basement 5 logo and created their image. The drums were played by Richard Dudanski, who had played in the bands 101ers, The Raincoats and Public Image Ltd. Their songs reflected the political situation of the time in Great Britain in the era of Margaret Thatcher: youth unemployment, strikes, racism and the poverty of the working class.

  17. Gary Powell

    Gary Powell


    Gary Armstrong Powell (born 11 November 1969) is an American drummer. He is primarily the drummer for The Libertines, as well as doing the same for the band formed by his bandmate Carl Barat after the Libertines split, Dirty Pretty Things and Guyanese artist, Eddy Grant. He also played with the New York Dolls for their 2004 reunion shows.

  18. Oscar Harrison

    Oscar Harrison


    Oscar Lloyd Harrison (born 15 April 1965 in Birmingham) is an English musician who currently plays drums with Birmingham-based band Ocean Colour Scene, where he gained prominence. He also plays piano and bass guitar, and occasionally sings lead vocals.

  19. Billie Myers

    Billie Myers


    Billie Myers (born 14 June 1971, Coventry, West Midlands, England) is an English rock singer-songwriter. She is known principally for her 1998 transatlantic, Desmond Child penned hit, "Kiss the Rain".

  20. Noel McCalla

    Noel McCalla


    Noel McCalla (born 4 November 1956, London, England) is a British rock singer. He was the lead vocalist for the rock group Manfred Mann's Earth Band from 1991 until 2009.

  21. Mel Gaynor

    Mel Gaynor


    Mel George Gaynor (born 29 May 1959, Balham, London, England) is an English musician. He is best known as the longtime drummer for the rock band, Simple Minds. Gaynor was born to a Jamaican father and an Afro-Brazilian mother.

  22. Debbie Smith (musician)

    Debbie Smith (musician)


    Debbie Smith is a British guitar and bass player who has been in several bands from the 1990s to the present, including Curve, Echobelly, Nightnurse, Snowpony, Bows, Ye Nuns (an all women cover band of The Monks which also includes two members of Mambo Taxi), SPC ECO (with Dean Garcia of Curve) and current bands Blindness and The London Dirthole Company.

  23. Caleb Quaye

    Caleb Quaye


    Caleb Quaye (born 9 October 1948), is an English Afro-European rock guitarist and studio musician best known for his work in the 1960s and 1970s with Elton John, Mick Jagger, Pete Townshend, Paul McCartney and Hall & Oates. He is the son of Cab Kaye, younger brother of Terri Quaye, and older half-brother of Finley Quaye.

  24. Tony Butler

    Tony Butler


    Anthony Earle Peter "Tony" Butler (born 13 February 1957) is an English musician and rock bassist, best known for his work with the Scottish rock band Big Country. He has also worked with On the Air, The Pretenders, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, among others.

  25. Cuddly Dudley (singer)

    Cuddly Dudley (singer)


    Cuddly Dudley (22 May 1924 – 15 July 2011), born Dudley Heslop, was an English rock & roll singer, and actor, who came to fame on the Oh Boy! TV series, and is noted for being "Britain's first black rock & roller".

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