List of composers of African descent

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This is a list of composers of African descent.

The list[edit]

Dates of birth and death are unknown for several composers whose music, published during the 19th 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.

See also[edit]


  • 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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