List of composers of African descent

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This is a list of composers of African descent.

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Dates of birth and death are unknown for several composers whose music, published during the nineteenth century, is described in Historical Notes on African-American and Jamaican Melodies. These composers include Harry Bloodgood, Samuel Butler, Dudley C. Clark, Harry Davis, Pete Devonear, Fred C. Lyons, Henry Newman, James S. Putnam, and Francis V. Seymour.


  • Tim Brooks, Lost Sounds: Blacks and the Birth of the Recording Industry, 1890–1919, University of Illinois Press, Urbana and Chicago, 2004.
  • Samuel A. Floyd, Jr., editor, International Dictionary of Black Composers, Center for Black Music Research, Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, Chicago, two volumes, 1999.
  • Eileen Southern, Biographical Dictionary of Afro-American and African Musicians, Greenwood Press, Westport, Connecticut, 1982.
  • Lester Sullivan, "Composers of Color of Nineteenth-Century New Orleans: The History Behind the Music, Black Music Research Journal, vol. 8, no. 1 (1988) 51–82.

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