'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 is also an attempt to educate as so many artists have been overlooked in the past 50 years because they didn’t fit the brief.  We aim to address these discrepancies and highlight the impact these musicians have had on the Music Industry, an impact which is still felt today.  

‘The Influence 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, Ms Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, 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 Dickie, 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, Jorja Smith, Aloe Blacc, Gary Clarke Jr, Eric Bibb, Frank McComb Fantastic Negrito, Kashif, Carleen Anderson, Charles Bradley, The New Master sounds, Femi Fem, James Taylor, Tortured Soul, Fat Freddy's Drop, New Power Generation, Andre Symone, The Brand New Heavies, Omar Lye-Fook,  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, DJ Premier, Kool G Rap, Pete Rock, Phife Dawg, The Jungle Brothers, Lords of The Undergrounds, Illa J, T3, Lady Tigra, DJ A-Ski, Money B, Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, 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 & Book