15 Black British Music Execs Shaking The System (2022 Edition) – Complex

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Two years ago, in addition to our usual Ones To Watch and prediction lists, we took a minute to shout out the Black British talents working behind the scenes to push the UK music industry into the future. Every one of those names has gone on to do even bigger and better things, carving out their own empires and reaching back to bring the next generation along.
Of course, they themselves stood on the shoulders of music industry giants such as Joe Kentish, Glyn AikinsSafiya Lambie-KnightColin BatsaDarcus BeeseAustin DabohRiki BleauAdele White, Alex BoatengAlec BoatengBenny Scarrs, Rich Castillo and Amber Davis. Now, there’s a new wave of execs pushing through and making big waves in A&R, management, publishing, PR, event programming, marketing, and all the other aspects that so often get overlooked when it comes to handing out flowers.
In the two years since our last list, a lot has changed. Black music—whether it’s rap, grime, drill, Afrobeats or Amapiano—has an even tighter grip on the charts, Def Jam set up its UK office, and for the first time in history, a Black man—Inflo—won the Brit Award for Best Producer. None of that could have happened without the hard work of the execs we’re highlighting today.
So, with that in mind, get to know 15 more inspirational music industry figures changing the face of British music and culture as a whole in 2022 (and beyond).
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