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Lucky Dube

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...Despite his tragic end, Lucky Dube’s contributions to South African reggae were unparalleled. Born in Ermelo in 1964, Dube was raised by his grandmother so his mother could work. As a child, Dube worked as a gardener but entered school...

Ian Dury

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...Diagnosed with polio at an early age, Ian Dury developed a musical aesthetic that infused his ability within the burgeoning British new-wave movement of the 1970s. Dury was born in 1942, and his father was a chauffeur who took his family...
...Considered by many to be the father of Egyptian popular music, Sayed Darwish’s contribution to the country’s musical culture is virtually unmatched. He was born in Alexandria in 1892 and his family sent him to a religious school, after...

Delkash

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...The Iranian singer and actress known as Delkash played an important role in spreading and modernizing traditional Persian music. Born Esmat Bagherpour in the city of Babol in 1925, Delkash was one of ten children. As a teenager, she...
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...The kora player Toumani Diabaté took the traditional twenty-one-string harp from his native Mali and introduced it to the globe. Born in 1965, Diabaté and his family can trace seventy generations of kora players and, in 1970, his father...

Jimmy Dorsey

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...Along with his brother Tommy, Jimmy Dorsey’s meteoric career as a leader of a big band and as a clarinetist maintained relevance through the twentieth century. Born in Pennsylvania in 1904, Dorsey began playing trumpet but, by 1915, had...
...The Drive-By Truckers are an alternative country/southern rock band from Georgia, USA. The band was named the 2002 Band of the Year by music journal No Depression. The band has worked with various artists such as Betty LaVette and Booker T....

DC Talk

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...DC Talk is a Christian rap and rock trio, consisting of Michael Tait (b. May 18, 1966), Kevin Max Smith (b. August 17, 1967), and Toby McKeehan (b. October 22, 1964). The trio is named the most popular overtly Christian act of all time...
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...The satirical and theatrical representation of political concepts in the music of the Dead Kennedys situated them apart from many of their 1970s and 1980s punk contemporaries. In 1978, Jello Biafra, East Bay Ray, Klaus Flouride, 6025...
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...While a more prominent diaspora had already introduced Jamaican music to the British mainstream, in 1969 Desmond Dekker became the first Jamaican artist performing Jamaican music to have a Top 10 single in the United States. Born Desmond...