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Mykaell Riley



Mykaell’s career started as a founder member of Steel Pulse. Over the years he has performed, produced, managed and consulted on many successful artists and their projects. As a professional writer / producer, Mykaell’s work has encompassed TV, Film and Theatre, resulting in over eleven UK top twenty positions, and three UK number ones. He also created The Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra, Britain’s first black pop orchestra – and composed extensively for television including: ITV1, 2,3, the BBC 1&2, SKY and Endemol TV.


Mykaell is Head of Music Production, at University of Westminster, He has also worked as external examiner for: Open University (OU), City University, South Themes College, Leeds College of Music, Tech-Music -UK/Dublin and the University of West London. He has also consulted and collaborated on projects for; the Mayor of London, Arts council England, The British Museum, The Maritime Museum and the V&A and TV. In 2004, he established The Black Music Research Unit for which he co-authored the first National Jazz report, followed up by the Value of Jazz2 for Jazz Services in 2008. He also contributed to the (OU), Black British Jazz report. In 2016, he received the first major (AHRC) award to research on the impact of Jamaican music in Britain and in 2017 his work on the Ticketmaster Grime Report, help change government legislation. Mykaell also sits on the academic board for the Museum of London.

– Contributor Black Popular Music in Britain Since 1945:
– Contributor ‘Return of the Rudeboy’: photography, film, installation by Dean Chalkley & Harris Elliott.
2013 Contributor The Globalization of Music’s in Transit: Music Migration and Tourism, Simone Krüger, Ruxandra Trandafoiu, Routledge.
2012: Contributor ‘Masters of the Airwaves’: The Rise & Rise of Underground Radio, by Lindsay Wesker & Dave VJ, Every Generation Media ISBN 9780955106880
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’: commissioned as part of Jazz Services educational content, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Research included E-Learning for Multimedia Musicians’.
2001: Researcher contributor for Reggae Explosion Chris Salewicz, Adrian Boot (eds), Virgin Books.


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