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Black musicians, in many ways, have defined the American sound. This curated stock footage collection celebrates the tremendous importance of Black musicians - from the greats of the 20th century that shaped genres like blues, jazz, hip hop, and gospel as we know them, to the artists who continue to innovate, create, and redefine music today. Browse archival footage of Dizzy Gillespie and Nina Simone, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Dinah Washington and recent clips of Lizzo, Pharrell Williams, Beyonce, Tina Turner, and more. Scroll down to explore tracks from music genres with Black origins, including jazz, delta and Chicago blues, hip-hop, funk, soul, Motown, and percussive music from Africa.