Skin is one of Britain’s leading and acclaimed rock singers. As well as fronting Skunk Anansie, one of the UK’s most successful underground bands, Skin is a multi-talented artist involved in various projects. She is also a fashion icon, a renowned DJ, actress and an activist. Born and brought up in Brixton, South London, she rejected the safe haven of soul/R&B session singing by literally diving headlong into hardcore rock. Since she emerged in the mid ‘90s with Skunk Anansie, Skin has been a ground-breaking presence.
Jazzie B OBE
Jazzie B, British DJ, producer, entrepreneur and founding member of the classic dance pop group Soul II Soul, grew up around 60s and 70s sound system culture and served his musical apprenticeship on the London circuit. His first gig in 1977 with a friend, Jah Rico, marked the beginning of five times Brit-nominated Soul II Soul, whose hits such as Back to Life and Keep On Movin' and albums such as Club Classics remain seminal to this day.
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.
This prolific percussionist and drummer has played 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, Hear'Say, Death In Vegas, Kenny Thomas, Wolfgang Haffner, The Sandals, Bud Nubac, Defected Records, Pacha Ibiza. Shovell travels the planet in the name of the good groove.
One half of indie rock duo 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 an exotic twist. The band first achieved commercial success and nationwide recognition with the second single off their second album, Don't Upset the Rhythm (Go Baby Go) which reached number two on the UK Singles Chart in Spring 2009. The Noisettes have toured Europe and the U.S.A. extensively, with artists such as TV on the Radio, Tom Vek, Babyshambles, Bloc Party, Mystery Jets, Muse, and Lady Gaga.
Normski is a British rapper, DJ, photographer and busin
essman, known also for his work as a BBC television presenter. He is a leading authority on urban and contemporary culture with a prolific career in music, television, photography, fashion and journalism.