Little Known Black History Fact: Black Music Magazine

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  • Black Music Magazine is the first major magazine of the UK showcasing Reggae music artists. The first issue was established in December 1973 and featured Stevie Wonder on the cover. Taking a deeper approach to the Reggae genre, Black Music Magazine was a combination of its predecessors, Blues and Soul and Black Echoes, which mostly featured chart rundowns.

    Some of the artists featured on the cover of BMM were Third World, Pete Tosh, Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer.  It wasn’t surprising that a magazine featuring Reggae artists was out of the UK, as the country was the first to publish a magazine solely about music in 1926 called “Melody Maker.”

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