Peter Adjaye

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Also known asAJ Kwame
BornMay 1970 (age 53)
Kampala, Uganda
  • Experimental
  • Electronic
  • Classical
  • Ambient
  • Minimalism
  • Instrumental hip hop
  • African
  • Hiplife
  • Hiphop
  • Jazz
  • Trip hop
  • Turntablism
  • Sampledelia
  • Sound Artist
  • Composer
  • Musician
  • Producer
  • Song writer
  • Musicologist
  • DJ
  • Keyboards
  • Bass guitar
  • Samplers
  • Turntables
  • Drums
Years active1988–present
  • The Vinyl Factory
  • Mo Wax
  • Ultimate Dilemma
  • Three Sixty Records
Associated acts
  • David Adjaye
  • Runaways UK
  • R.P.M.

Peter Adjaye (born May 1970) is a contemporary conceptual sound artist, composer, DJ-producer and musician. He has worked with his brother, the award winning architect, Sir David Adjaye OBE on numerous projects including 'Dialogues' on MusicforArchitecture Records in association with The Vinyl Factory Records.[1] He was appointed Ambassador for the Access to Arts[2] programme by BNP Paribas in 2019.

In 1991 he started the outfit R.P.M, [3] releasing a string of singles on the Mo' Wax imprint. R.P.M was the group, for which the genre Trip hop was first attributed to in Mixmag by music journalist Andy Pemberton in June 1994. They toured Europe alongside James Lavelle, DJ Shadow and DJ Krush. In 1995 Peter formed Runaways UK, releasing two albums with cover artwork on the second album provided by Chris Ofili, and also co-founded Ultimate Dilemma Records , who signed Zero 7.

Peter co-founded Afri-Kokoa [4] in 2005, a platform for the music of the diaspora. Peter performs DJ sets for art and design institutions world-wide.[5]


Soundscapes, installations & commissions

2000 - 2009

September 2002, Adventures in Aluminium:Jewellery to Jets exhibition, Design Museum - Site specific soundscape.

October 2003, 'The Asymmetric Chamber', the Cube Gallery, Manchester - Soundscapes titled 'Echoes' and 'Epilogue' for the immersive architectural installation for Adjaye Associates.[6]

June 2005, Nobel Prize, the Nobel Institute in Oslo, Norway, marking the 100th winner of the Nobel Prize Wangari Maathai. Interactive sound composition for David's main winners gallery known as the Nobel Field. [7],

January 2006, Whitechapel Gallery London, exhibition 'Making Public Buildings' - Three composition pieces for the exhibition films Venice Biennale, Whitechapel IDEA Store and Stephen Lawrence Centre. [8]

January 2007, Norman Foster's Albion Gallery, London, January 2015, Haus Der Kunst, Munich, September 2015, The Art Institute of Chicago, 'Horizon' Pavilion - soundscape installation 'Footprints in three suites'. The soundscape was then presented as an audio visual installation at the 1:54 contemporary African Art Fair in Somerset House, London in 2016.[9]

February 2007, the Science Museum, London, The SpyMaker exhibition - Sound effects and sound design for this interactive experience.

October 2007, The Studio Museum in Harlem - Sound installation 'Music for Architecture' [10]

December 2009, Design Museum, London, 'Urban Africa Exhibition' - Commissioned to create an immersive soundscape composition.[11]

2010 - 2020

November 2011, Design Miami, Genesis Pavilion - Scoundscape composition 'Three views of light' for installation.

April 2011, the Architect foundation, 'Musicity' - Presentation of 'Music for Architecture' project, alongside David Adjaye OBE, Dr Michael Bull and Paul Morley.[12]

January 2012. 'African Metropolitan Music' - A compilation album to accompany 'Adjaye africa Architecture(UK)/African Metropolitan Architecture(US)'. A study of the influence of terrain on African music.

April 2013, Tate Modern, London, Hyperlink Festival, Lichtenstein retrospective - An interactive architectural sound workshop with 7.1 surround sound in association with Adjaye Associates and Bowers & Wilkins.[13]

March 2014, the Mall Galleries, 'Transending boundaries' exhibition - Sound installation 'Lagos Metropolis' [14]

June 2018, 'SCOOP: A wonderful world of ice-cream': A pop up installation at Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross, London, with Bompass & Parr [15] Sound design for the exhibition.

October 2018, Cartier (jeweler), Paris and New York - Soundscape for the multi mirrored room Mille Facettes (one thousand facets) installation.

November 2018, Tate Modern, London, Dezeen Awards inaugural event - Curation of music and the sound design hosted by Sir Lenny Henry. [16]

January 2019, International Curators Forum (ICF), 'Migrating Cities', Hong Kong - Commisioned soundscape 'Sumsum', for UAL Global Pavilion.[17][18]

February 2019, The Design Museum London, 'Making Memory' - Commissioned sound scape for each of the exhibition spaces for the following designs, Gwangju Pavilion, The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), The UK holocaust memorial and learning centre, Sclera Pavilion, Ghana national Cathedral and MEMO project (Mass extinction monitoring observatory).[19] [20]

April 2019, London Borough of Camden, Camden Alive - Commissioned resident artist for the 'Camden Alive' Project, part of the London borough of culture initiative by the Mayor of London, working with the residents of the Alexandra & Ainsworth Estate, designed by Neave Brown. [21] [22][23]

March 2020, Barbican Centre, The Curve Gallery - A commissioned immersive soundscape for exhibition by Nigerian-American artist Toyin Ojih Odutola, 'A Countervailing Theory'.[24]

Selected live performances, talks and presentations

The Barbican Centre, Curve Gallery - Peter Adjaye in conversation with Toyin Ojih Odutola to celebrate her inaugural UK exhibition of 'A Countervailing Theory', joined by Independent Curator, Erin J. Gilbert[25]

The British Museum, Atrium - Live performance, with String Quartet for the Camden Alive Project.[26]

Royal Academy, London,Antony Gormley Exhibition sponsored by BNP Paribas, - Interactive sound art workshops for AccessArt25 programme.

National Maritime Museum, Greenwich - Construction of an Icon - A celebration of Elizabeth I, Armada Portrait and tudor trumpeter John Blanke. Original composition for choir and trumpets.[27]

Venice Biennale, Ghana Pavilion - DJ performance for the launch event of Ghana Freedom, Ghana's first national pavilion, alongside Ebo Taylor and Jojo Abot, in the presence of the First Lady of Ghana, Rebecca Akufo-Addo

Sharjah Art Foundation, Africa Hall - Africa institute - A symposium with Hoor Al Qasimi and Okwui Enwezor (curator, critic, and former director of Haus der Kunst) featuring live performances by Zied Zouari, Youssou N’Dour and Le Super Étoile de Dakar , Oumou Sangaré , Mulatu Astatke, Lisa Simone, Peter Adjaye , and Somi , as well as a screening of the film, 'An Opera of the World', directed by Manthia Diawara.[28][29]

Victoria and Albert Museum, Sackler Centre - Annual architecture and design event, The Sackler Conference, in 2017 [30], live performance with string section, of composition for the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Art Institute of Chicago - 'Making Place', curated by Zoë Ryan - Live performance with string section of the compositions from his Music for Architecture Album. [31]

MAXXI, British School at Rome - 'Meeting Architecture: Architecture and the creative process', Part 1 in a series of lectures, study-exhibitions and performances at the British School at Rome, in partnership with The Royal College of Art with participants including Adam Caruso of Caruso St John & Thomas Demand, Reinier de Graaf (architect), Vivien Lovell, Amos Gitai, Cecil Balmond & Daniel Libeskind, and David Adjaye & Peter Adjaye. [32]

BOZAR (Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels) - Afropolitan Festival, Black Artlantic Expo[33], Live DJ performance with live visuals by VJ Michael Hodgson.

Sketch (restaurant), Mayfair - Creative talks programme - Chair and host of the talks, with Malaikya Byng, editor of 'The Spaces' architecture magazine, and author Tim Lawrence. [34]

Prada Mode, Miami - Art Basel, Miami, Theaster Gates exhibition 'The Black Corporation'- live DJ performance by Peter and Gates' band 'Black Monks of Mississippii'[35]

Design Miami, Miami Beach - Design talk hosted by W (magazine) and moderated by Stefano Tonchi featuring David Adjaye, Peter Adjaye and Teresita Fernandez [36]

Royal Academy of Arts, Academicians' Room - Yinka Shonibare's installation 'Wind Turbine VI' for the summer exhibition, live Afrobeats DJ set for the Friday night series.[37]

Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, 10th Anniversary of the opening of MCA Denver - live DJ set.

Icon (architecture magazine) Design Week, Milan -'Common Future', live DJ set with MC Richmond Kessie aka Chief Commander Yaaba. [38]

The Diner, Design Week, Milan - Live DJ Set for launch. [39]

Yinka Shonibare studio Guest Projects 10 Year Anniversary, London - Live DJ Set with performances on the night from Tangle, Doug Fishbone, Ilona Sagar, Larry Achiampong, Suzannah Pettigrew, Harriet Middleton-Baker, Raju Rage and Zinzi Minott [40]

Interioriries Njideka Akunyili Crosby exhibition, Haus der Kunst - Live DJ Set for launch. [41]

Theaster Gates 'Black Chapel Exhibition', Haus der Kunst - live DJ installation set using the personal collection of the American Olympian Jesse Owens. [42]



Year Format Record Label
2016 Dialogues LP[43] MusicforArchitecture Records / The Vinyl Factory Records
2000 Progress LP Ultimate Dilemma Records
1997 Classic Tales LP Ultimate Dilemma Records


Year Format Record Label
2012 Gimme Pinch 12" Pidgen Music
2001 Pounds 4 Dollar$ EP Ultimate Dilemma Records
1999 Pounds 4 Dollar$ / You don't understand EP Three Sixty Records
1999 Step Up EP Ultimate Dilemma Records
1999 Express Delivery EP Three Sixty Records
1999 Finders Kreepers Revisited EP Ultimate Dilemma Records
1998 Reflections EP Ultimate Dilemma Records
1998 Levitation EP Ultimate Dilemma Records
1997 The Tale of Punky Wisdom EP Ultimate Dilemma Records
1996 Playschool EP Ultimate Dilemma Records
1995 Runaways EP Ultimate Dilemma Records
1994 2000/Sorties Des Ombres EP Mo'Wax Records
1993 Food of my De'Rhythm EP Mo'Wax Records

Featured on albums

Year Format Record Label
2019 Untitled[44][45] LP The Vinyl Factory Records.
2018 The Man From Mo'Wax (Soundtrack)[46] LP Universal Music
2012 African Metropolitan Music LP" Stern's Music / MusicforArchitecture Records
1996 Headz 2 -Flow LP Mo'Wax Records
1994 Headz 1 -2000 / The Inside LP Mo'Wax Records
1994 Royaltie$ Overdue - Food of my De'rhythm / Sortie Des Ombres LP Mo'Wax Records

Compilation albums

Year Track Title Album Title Record Label
2002 Pure Funk Straight Out The Cat Litter Scoop Three Cat Skills Records
2001 Finders Kreepers Dj Spinner Collection Urban Theory Recordings
2001 Progress Music first PIAS Sampler Sinedin Music
2001 Finders Kreepers Highway & Landscape 3 Distance Recordings
2000 P.E.A.C.E Dope On Plastic! 7 React Records
2000 Do It Gang Of Four Phat Plastic Records
2000 Do What You Wanna Do The Big Chill: Enchanted 02 Big Chill Recordings
1999 Feel The Feeling Slam The Breaks On Lacerba Records
1999 Levitation On The Floor At The Boutique Skint Records
1999 Levitation On The Floor At The Boutique Columbia Records
1999 Levitation Lo Fidelity Allstars - On The Floor At The Boutique Skint Records
1999 Finders Kreepers FSUK4 Ministry Of Sound Records
1999 Sanctuary Black Diamond Three Sixty Records
1998 Comment Common Ground - No More Heroes Ultimate Dilemma Records
1998 Levitation 03.00am Eternal Lacerba Records
1997 Finders Kreepers Viva Diablo Blanco Freestyle Beats Indochina Records
1997 Finders Kreepers Creative Trip Hop Sound And Media Ltd
1997 Momentum Music For Moving Images Three Sixty Records
1997 Beauty And The Beats Innovation in Experimental Beats Ultimate Dilemma Records
1997 Finders Kreepers, Beauty And The Beats Musical Dilemma's Ultimate Dilemma Records
1997 Beauty And The Beats Extracts From Musical Dilemma's Ultimate Dilemma Records
1996 Finders Kreepers Beats by Dope Demand Three Kickin' Records

In the media



  1. Spice, Anton (November 20, 2019). "The Vinyl Factory Radio: Peter Adjaye (Music For Architecture)".
  2. "Antony Gormley: free entry for 17 – 25s | Event | Royal Academy of Arts".
  3. "RPM - 2000".
  4. "Afri-kokoa".
  5. "Peter-Adjaye-DJ-set-Royal-Academy".
  6. "The Asymmetric Chamber".
  7. "Nobel Field".
  8. "Adjaye Associates".
  9. "1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair".
  10. "Peter Adjaye". The Studio Museum in Harlem. September 11, 2017.
  11. "Dezeen podcast: David Adjaye at the Design Museum". Dezeen. April 28, 2010.
  13. "Architecture: art meets sound with Adjaye Associates – Course at Tate Modern". Tate.
  15. "Bompas & Parr".
  16. "Winners of the first ever Dezeen Awards celebrate at lavish ceremony". Dezeen. December 6, 2018.
  18. "Migrating Cities". ICF | International Curators Forum. January 18, 2019.
  19. "David Adjaye curates Making Memory exhibition at the Design Museum". Dezeen. February 4, 2019.
  20. Polianskaya, Alina (February 5, 2019). "Design Museum show explores monuments through David Adjaye's work".
  21. "Camden Alive Close Up: Peter Adjaye".
  22. "Alexandra and Ainsworth residents turn their environment into soundscapes". Alexandra and Ainsworth residents turn their environment into soundscapes.
  23. "Peter Adjaye aka AJ KWAME at Alexandra & Ainsworth TRA Hall | Love Camden". Camden Alive close up: Peter Adjaye.
  24. "Toyin Ojih Odutola | Barbican".
  25. "Toyin Ojih Odutola and Peter Adjaye | Barbican".
  26. "Peter Adjaye, Camden Alive".
  27. "Construction of an Icon: A Triumphal Procession". Royal Museums Greenwich. April 8, 2019.
  28. "news - Sharjah Art Foundation".
  29. "Sharjah's Africa Hall hosts concerts by world-renowned African musicians". Al Arabiya English. September 26, 2018.
  30. "the-sackler-conference-2017".
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  32. "david-peter-adjaye-music-for-architecture".
  33. "Peter Adjaye, BOZAR".
  34. "Creative-Talks-Peter-Adjaye-and-Malaikya-Byng".
  35. "art-basel-theaster-gates-prada-mode-miami".
  36. "Peter-Adjaye-Design-Miami".
  37. "Afrobeat with Peter Adjaye - Royal academy".
  38. "Peter Adjaye DJ Set".
  39. "Peter Adjaye plays The Diner".
  40. "10 Year anniversary of Guest Projects".
  41. "Iterioriries Haus Der Kunst".
  42. "Listening Session Jesse Owens' Record Collection with Peter Adjaye".
  43. "Dialogues".
  44. "Artists from across UK music collaborate on new Basquiat-inspired compilation, Untitled". April 15, 2019.
  45. "Album of the Week Basquiat inspired compilation 'Untitled' is a piece of art". Supreme Standards.
  46. "The Man From Mo'Wax".

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