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The Black Rock (Alternative R&B) Timeline

The Black Rock (Alternative R&B) Timeline

Below are listed our suggestions on what we believe to be key events in the development and evolution of “Black Rock” (that is, the Alternative R&B Music genre).

In chronological order, they are as follows:

7. The formation of ONYX (ONXYZ) Band in 1978 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as a black rock-reggae band by musician/keyboardist and producer KAS, and the release in 1978 of their hit single, “Dread Wave” on POPP INC RECORDS Detroit, MI, USA). ONXYZ, under the direction of founder, KAS, has recorded and released many CD/Albums, including their mega hit, 45 and their 12-inch hit single, "Dread Wave." ONYX (ONXYZ) was awarded the Metro Times (Detroit) "Hall of Fame Award". The band has toured the Mid-West, East Coast and Canada and performed with many of the major acts in the Rock, R&B, Reggae, Funk and World Beat Category. Some of these acts include Black Uhuru, Steel Pulse, The Wailers, Jimmy Cliff, Judy Mowatt, Sugar Minott, Ohio Players, DeFunkt, Was Not Was, Miriam Makeba, Inner Circle and Chaba Fadela, Shabba Ranks, and many others.

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