Famous Black Drummers

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 1 DJ Yella

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: December 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 2 Teddy Pendergrass

Teddy Pendergrass
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 26, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: January 13, 2010

 3 Questlove

Questlove
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 4 James Brown

James Brown
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Famous As: Musician, recording artist, producer, dancer, bandleader
Birthdate: May 3, 1933
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: December 25, 2006

Referred to by honorific nicknames, such as Godfather of Soul, James Brown was a prominent figure of 20th century music. A progenitor of funk music, Brown influenced the development of many music genres. An inductee of the Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame, Brown is ranked seventh in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list.

 5 Danger Mouse

Danger Mouse
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 29, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 6 DJ Quik

DJ Quik
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: January 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 7 Santigold

Santigold
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 25, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
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 8 Art Blakey

Art Blakey
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Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: October 11, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: October 16, 1990

 9 Jeffrey Osborne

Jeffrey Osborne
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 9, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 10 Max Roach

Max Roach
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 10, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: August 16, 2007

 11 Anderson Paak

Anderson Paak
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 8, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 12 Philly Joe Jones

Philly Joe Jones
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Famous As: American drummer
Birthdate: July 15, 1923
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: August 30, 1985

 13 Babatunde Olatunji

Babatunde Olatunji
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Famous As: Musician, Percussionist
Birthdate: April 7, 1927
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Nigerian, American
Died: April 6, 2003

 14 Earl Palmer

Earl Palmer
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Famous As: American drummer
Birthdate: October 25, 1924
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: September 19, 2008

 15 Rashied Ali

Rashied Ali
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Famous As: Jazz drummer
Birthdate: July 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: August 12, 2009

 16 Cozy Cole

Cozy Cole
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Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: October 17, 1909
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: January 9, 1981

 17 Ed Blackwell

Ed Blackwell
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Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: October 10, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: October 7, 1992

 18 Pete La Roca

Pete La Roca
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Famous As: Jazz Drummer
Birthdate: April 7, 1938
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: November 20, 2012

 19 Doudou N'Diaye Rose

Doudou N'Diaye Rose
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Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: July 28, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Senegalese
Died: August 19, 2015

 20 Johnny Watson

Johnny Watson
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: February 3, 1935
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: May 17, 1996

 21 Asadata Dafora

Asadata Dafora
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 4, 1890
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Sierra Leonean
Died: March 4, 1965

 22 Muluken Melesse

Muluken Melesse
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: 1954 AD
Nationality: Ethiopian