'The Influence Project’ is an acknowledgement of the Pioneers of R&B, Soul, Funk, Afrobeat & Hip Hop. It will show musical connections and raise awareness to where it began and some of the characters involved in changing the shape of music. The Project will also illustrate connections to contemporary artists so that younger generations can appreciate the significance of these relationships.
Bill Withers, Booker T Jones, Leon Ware, Roy Ayers, Charles Wright, Betty Davis, Erykah Badu, Ms Lauryn Hill, Lonnie Liston Smith, Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley, The Blackbyrds, The Impressions, Fatback Band, Zapp, Amp Fiddler, Candi Staton, Evelyn Champagne King, Cheryl Lynn, Shalamar, Sister Sledge, Gwen Dickey, Edwin Birdsong, Steve Arrington, Melba Moore, Lisa Stansfield, Alice Russell, Quantic, Nicola Conte, Raul Midon, Maverick Saber, Kojey Radical, Laura Mvula, Raphael Saadiq, Mark Ronson, Little Dragon, Michael Kiwanuka, Lalah Hathaway, Snarky Puppy, Shabaka Hutchings, Soweto Kinch, Jorja Smith, Aloe Blacc, Gary Clark Jr, Eric Bibb, Fantastic Negrito, Kashif, Carleen Anderson, Charles Bradley, The New Master sounds, Nao, Femi Fem, James Taylor, Tortured Soul, Fat Freddy's Drop, New Power Generation, Andre Symone, The Brand New Heavies, Omar Lye-Fook, Barrie K Sharpe, Dj Spinna, Gilles Peterson, Dam Funk, The Rebirth, Kindred The Family Soul, Jarrod Lawson, Bilal, Jazzie B, Michael Franti, Carl McIntosh, Siedah Garrett, James Gadson, Steve Ferrone, The Internet, Anderson .Paak, Hiatus Kaiyote, Robert Glasper, Thundercat, Tony Allen, Femi & Seun Kuti, Dele Sosimi, Mulatu Astatke, The Soul Jazz Orchestra, Bluey Maunick, Bob James, Public Enemy, KRS-One, EPMD, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Redman, Bone Thugs & Harmony, DJ Premier, Kool G Rap, Pete Rock, Phife Dawg, Cypress Hill, The Jungle Brothers, Lords of The Undergrounds, Illa J, T3, Money B, Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, Swizz Beats, Dead Prez, The Roots, Rapsody, Akala, IAM, Dilated Peoples, Melle Mel & Scorpio, Average White Band, Hamish Stuart, Shuggie Otis, Cymande, Sun Ra Arkestra, Larry Graham and George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic
Exhibition at Midland Art Center (MAC), Birmingham Jan - Apr 2020
Exhibition at Somerset House, London 27 Jul - 22 Aug 2018