Australia and New Zealand Honor Black Music

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Australia and New Zealand Honor Black Music

This year, in honor of Black Music Month, we’re exploring the undeniable impact of Black music and musicians around the world. Featuring music from First Nations Australian and Māori artists as well as Black artists with roots abroad who call Australia and New Zealand home, this playlist highlights the singers, songwriters, rappers, and producers who bring their own cultures, histories, and even languages to the front of their local music scenes, sharing their stories and lives through song—much like their ancestors. Just as Black music from around the world has influenced First Nations artists, waves of immigration have also made these countries home for many Black artists. These include game-changers like Zimbabwean Australian Tkay Maidza, who, at age 17, launched her ever-flourishing, ever-changing career making music that brings together elements of dance, pop, hip-hop, and R&B, and Onefour, a group of Mount Druitt-based Pacific Islanders (whose families immigrated from Samoa) who share difficult stories of marginalized communities and high incarceration rates over sounds heavily influenced by Black music from the UK. Dive into our Black Music Month playlist, and if you hear something you like, save it to your library.

Select a country or region

Africa, Middle East, and India

Asia Pacific


Latin America and the Caribbean

The United States and Canada