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Mykaell Riley – MusicTank

Mykaell Riley


Research interests include: developing Black British music as an academic subject, and developing a national and international Black British music resource including an archive.

Mykaell has been Head of Music Production, University of Westminster for 15 years. He has also acted as an educational consultant, and collaborated on projects for the Mayor of London, Arts Council England, The British Museum, The Maritime Museum and the V&A. He is an external examiner for Open University; City University; South Thames College; Leeds College of Music; and Tech-Music /University of West London. In 2004 he established the Black Music Research Unit.

A founder member of band Steel Pulse, Riley has performed,produced, managed and consulted on many successful artists and their projects, resulting in over eleven UK top twenty positions, and three UK number ones.

As a professional writer / producer, Riley’s work has encompassed TV, Film and Theatre. He also created The Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra, Britain’s first Black orchestra, and has composed extensively for television including ITV1,2,3; BBC 1&2; SKY and Endemol TV. Fellow RSA.


2015: Bass Culture: an alternative soundtrack to Britishness, in ‘Black Popular Music in Britain Since 1945’, Jon Stratton & Nabeel Zuabari, eds. Ashgate.

2013: contributor to ‘The Globalization of Musics in Transit: Music Migration and Tourism’, Simone Krüger & Ruxandra Trandafoiu, eds. London Rutledge.

2012: contributor ‘Masters of the Airwaves: The Rise & Rise of Underground Radio’, by Lindsay Wesker & Dave VJ. Every Generation Media

2008: ‘The Value of Jazz 2’ e-publication; re-commission of Jazz Services educational content, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

2005: ‘The Value of Jazz’ report: commission as part of Jazz Services educational content, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Research included E-Learning for Multimedia Musicians’.

2001: researcher for ‘Reggae Explosion’ Chris Salewicz & Adrian Boot, eds. Virgin Books.