Black Music (Black Music & Jazz Review from April 1978) was a pioneering British music magazine, published monthly. The first issue came out in December 1973 and the last in April 1984. It was the first publication in the United Kingdom to write about reggae as a serious cultural phenomenon and also the first to cover African music.
Black Music Magazine Covers in the 1970s
Under the 1978–1984 editorship of Chris May, the magazine also maintained extensive coverage of African music, which May had introduced as a freelance contributor in the mid 1970s with his Afroheat column.
In April 1984, Chris May left the magazine to head up the UK office of Celluloid Records. Following his departure, the title Black Music & Jazz Review (though not the editorial perspective) was absorbed by sister magazine Blues & Soul and ceased to exist other than as a small-print add-on to the BS masthead.
Here below are some vintage pics of the Black Music Magazine covers from the 1970s.