It’s no secret that there are a number of Black Canadians who have had a historic impact on Canada’s music scene over the years. Canada has been home to talent that spans all genres, from jazz to hip-hop. A number of those musicians paved the way by opening doors for other racialized artists, bringing the sounds of the north to the rest of the world.

To celebrate Black History Month, we’ve asked some of our favourite Black Canadian artists to share the Black Canadian musicians who have uplifted them and inspired them throughout their careers. From Shad to TOBi to Naya Ali, these 10 musicians reveal who they feel has helped shape and transform Canadian music.