Center for Black Music Research

The CBMR takes you beyond jazz, blues, and gospel, to music created by all people of African descent living anywhere in the world, throughout history. At the CBMR, you can listen to and learn about styles like afro beat, reggae, soul, mbaqanga, ring shouts, spirituals, and concert music as far back as 1551. Discover new artists and new sounds, or trace the development of your favorite genre, be it hip hop, bebop, or bomba. CBMR staff are available to help you with projects, assignments, or simply to satisfy your curiosity. Explore and connect politics, fashion, music business, design, social movements, and journalism to black music, musicians, and cultural leaders of their times. Check out the CBMR website,, and visit the CBMR today. Be inspired!