Funkmata has received numerous awards:
FUNKMATA is the birth of a new generation of cosmopolitan African musicians namely singer/songwriter Robert Bannerman with session men from Accra Ghana. This new genre of artists feels that Africa can make its name on the international market with cosmopolitan pop music.
The music has many flavours to it and is essentially therapeutic in these troubled times. Evidence of this can be found on Robert’s book Pop Poetry at Xlibrist. Our influences date from way back with giants such as Billie Holliday, Charlie Parker, Curtis Mayfield, Isaac Hayes, Berry Gordie, Norman Whitfield, Larry Graham, Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Gap Band, Rolling Stones, The Doors, Janis Joplin, James Brown, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Average White Band, Edgar Winters, Prince and of course Quincy Jones.