Sheku and Isata – Cello and Piano

The concert which I attended last weekend was in direct contrast musically to the the one I attended the weekend before. The latter was a reggae concert in Jamaica headlined by the latest reggae sensation, Chronixx, and the former was a concert in the Cayman Islands, featuring the musical duo of Sheku Kanneh-Mason and his sister Isata.

The Kanneh-Masons are a family of seven brothers and sisters who play a broad range of musical instruments. They live in the UK. Their father is from the island of Antigua in the Caribbean and their mother from Sierra Leone.

Photo credit: CAF

The Cayman Arts Festival (CAF) ( invited the duo to perform in the Cayman Islands for the first time.

In May 2016, at the age of of 17, Sheku won the BBC Young Musician competition, performing Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at London’s Barbican Hall. A pupil at Trinity Catholic School in Nottingham, Sheku began learning the cello at aged six.

Sheku has performed widely throughout the UK.

Sheku plays an Antonina and Hieronymus Amati cello c1670 kindly on loan from a private company.

Photo credit: CAF

Isata is twenty one years old and is an undergraduate of the Royal Academy of Music, studying piano with Hamish Milne, having been awarded the prestigious Sir Elton John Scholarship. She performed with Elton John in Los Ángeles in 2013.

Whilst in the Cayman Islands Sheku held a music workshop for students from John Gray High School, Clifton Hunter High School, Red Bay Primary School and Triple C School.

The 2018 Festival takes place from February 1 to February 10.

Tickets are available on

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