SHEKU KANNEH-MASON JOINS SIBLINGS ISATA & BRAIMAH FOR NEW SINGLE ‘DEEP RIVER’ / FIRST RECORDING WITH THE KANNEH-MASON TRIO
2018 saw cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason become a household name, thanks to his Royal Wedding performance and chart-topping debut album ‘Inspiration’. Now his two talented siblings – pianist Isata and violinist Braimah – are stepping into the limelight as they release their first recording together as The Kanneh-Mason Trio. Their new single, ‘Deep River’, is released digitally today along with a brand new music video and interview clip which captures all three siblings talking about the piece.
Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, the Kanneh-Masons perform their very own version of the African-American spiritual ‘Deep River’, based on the 1904 piano arrangement by Sierra Leonean composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. The piece holds a personal connection for the Kanneh-Mason Trio as their mother also hails from Sierra Leone.
Isata says her mum was delighted to hear they were recording the piece: “It has a very strong connection with our childhood and the kind of music we’re used to listening to. Although we’ve never been to Sierra Leone, I often think about what it might be like, and this piece of music is almost a yearning for that.”
Sheku adds, “It’s such an expressive melody to play and to listen to. I think there’s so much beauty, but also sorrow as well.”
The release of ‘Deep River’ coincides with National Freedom Day in the US, which honours the signing of a resolution on 1st February 1865 by President Abraham Lincoln to outlaw slavery, which later became the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution.