Patrons

 

Jazzie B OBE

British DJ, producer, entrepreneur Jazzie B and founding member of the classic dance pop group Soul II Soul. Jazzie B grew up around 60s and 70s sound system culture and thus began his musical apprenticeship on the London circuit. His first gig came in 1977 with a friend, Jah Rico, and thus the five time Brit nominated band Soul II Soul was born. The hits his band turned out, such as ‘Back to Life’ and albums like Club Classics remain seminal to this day.

Chaka Khan

Chaka Khan is one of the world's most gifted and celebrated musicians, with a rich musical legacy. A songwriter, actor, author, philanthropist, entrepreneur and activist, Chaka Khan has influenced generations of recording artists. Affectionately known around the world as Chaka, she is revered by millions of fans as well as her peers for her timeless, classic and unmatched signature music style and ability. 

Shovell

Prolific Percussionist and Drummer on a global scale playing with prestigious names such as  M-People, Soul II Soul, Nightmares On Wax, Primal Scream, Jamiroquai, Sting, Roots Manuva, Boy George, Jocelyn Brown, Chemical Brothers, Manic Street Preachers, Natural Life, N.O.W., The Beloved, Chicane, Atomic Kitten, Hearsay, Death In Vegas, Kenny Thomas, Wolfgang Haffner, The Sandals, Bud Nubac, Defected Records, Pacha Ibiza. Ever since, Shovell travels the planet in the name of the good groove.

Shingai Shoniwa

One half of indie rock outfit The Noisettes Shingai was once a CICAS® member here at The Midi Music Company.  Over seven incredible years, Shingai and Dan have delivered genre-bending pop with it's own exotic twist. The band first achieved commercial success and nationwide recognition with the second single of their second album, "Don't Upset the Rhythm (Go Baby Go)" which reached number two on the UK Singles Chart in Spring 2009. Noisettes have toured Europe and the United States extensively, with the likes of TV on the Radio, Tom Vek, Babyshambles, Bloc Party, the Mystery Jets, Muse and Lady Gaga.

Normski

British rapper, DJ, photographer and businessman, known also for his work as a BBC television presenter. A leading authority on urban and contemporary culture with a prolific career in the field of music, television, photography, fashion and journalism.