Just in: Sheku’s Mum tells her story

Just in: Sheku’s Mum tells her story


norman lebrecht

July 16, 2020

Coming up from Oneworld, who published my lastbook, is the intriguing story of the Kanneh-Masons, as never told before.

The author: Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason is a former lecturer at Birmingham University and the mother of sevennchildren. Sheku Kanneh-Mason, her third eldest was the first black musician to win BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2016 and performed at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Three of his siblings are also former BBC Young Musician category finalists and the eldest, pianist Isata, has also presented for the Proms. Collectively, the Kanneh-Masons have performed at the 2018 BAFTA Ceremony and concert halls across the world, not to mention the hugely popular live performances from their family home in Nottingham during lockdown.

Kadiatu says: ‘It’s not just a book about music. It’s also a book about overcoming racial barriers. It’s a book about courage.’



  • Bacquier lives says:

    I shall order this book as soon as it is available. I can’t wait to read it.
    The Kanneh-Masons are such an inspiration for us classical music performers, especially those of us who are of African descent.

    • M A Peters says:

      I also will be purchasing copies of the book as Christmas gifts for friends and family..my family and I enjoyed watching their lockdown concert. Well done to the BBC for giving show primetime viewing

    • George says:

      I wonder who is down-voting you, and why.

  • A.L. says:

    They should be an inspiration for each and everyone regardless of race, ethnicity or social background. Quite an amazing and gifted family.


    This wonderful family and their gifts of music has been my daily bread lately. WHAT A JOY

  • Jane says:

    Bravo Kadiatu! I hope your book will be an inspiration to couples wanting to have children, giving an example to all parents of any colour or race on how to bring up children to be decent people. As a musician myself, of course I am thrilled that classical music is in their lives, a wonderful bonus. Good on you, Mr and Mrs Kanneh-Mason!

  • Patrice says:

    I’m excited for this book, and I can’t wait to read about this talented and
    inspirational family.