It’s obvious that most African and Caribbean young people today mostly like listening to hip hop, RnB, Afrobeats, grime, bashement and dancehall. While there is nothing wrong with listening to artists like Schoolboy Q, Nicki Minaj, Trey Songz, Stormzy and Davido who are a just few examples of the type of artist we as African and Caribbean young people love listening to today, and even I as a black person who mostly listens to ‘White people music’ enjoy these artists and some of these types of music, like for example Antidote by Travis Scott is my jam and I love that G FrSH song feat. Stormzy and Tinie Tempah – Sometimes. However, I believe that it is time for all of us to broaden our music tastes and start listening to alternative music like indie rock, psychedelic rock and even punk.
You may be reading this and wondering though, why should I listen to this kind of music when it is saturated with white artists? Well to that I say you must have heard of Jimi Hendrix who is arguably the greatest guitarist of all time and and Lenny Kravitz and if you want to even go further there’s the likes of Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters black blues artists who heavily influenced the rock artists of today.
It is right that indie music and rock music is saturated with white artists but there are a few successful black artists many of which are British artists that I would thoroughly recommend you give a listen like; The Libertines who are a very popular indie rock band with the drummer Gary Powell who is black and Bloc Party whose Lead singer and guitarist Kele Okereke is of Nigerian descent and Theme Park with brothers Miles and Marcus Haughton of Caribbean and English decent.
Listening to these artist may lead you to discover other great alternative music bands like Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes and Foals, which could hopefully spark a love of indie rock music in you, as it did for me.
Here are two example of when indie rock and punk rock meets grime and British rap.