Online, 12th October 2020-1st November 2020


This event is a part of Cubitt Sessions Digital Stage for 2020.


Music & Words: Ayanna Witter-Johnson


Produced by Ayanna Witter-Johnson


Ayanna Witter-Johnson is the definition of eclectic soul, she is a singer, songwriter, cellist who is a rare exception to the rule that classical and alternative R&B music cannot successfully coexist. This is down to her musical prowess, mesmerising vocals, uncompromising lyrics and mastery for reinterpreting songs on her cello.


Graduating from London’s prestigious Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and New York’s Manhattan School of Music with firsts in composition. She has gone on to release three EPs (‘Truthfully’, ‘Black Panther’, ‘Ella, Reuben & Ay’) and a debut album (‘Road Runner’) last year. Ayanna has extensively toured the UK and Europe, collaborated with several artists including Anoushka Shankar, Akala, Courtney Pine, composed for the London Symphony Orchestra, the Kronos Quartet, gained a MOBO award nomination and became the only non-American to win Amateur Night Live at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, NYC along the way.


For Cubitt Session Digital, Ayanna has prepared and recorded a bespoke programme. As a British-born citizen of Jamaican heritage, her grandparents arrived in the UK as part of the Windrush generation.  After over 300 years under British Rule, at the turn of midnight on the 6th August 1962, the British flag was lowered and the Jamaican flag was unfurled and hoisted for the first time, signalling the dawn of Jamaica’s political independence from Britain. She dedicates this performance to the celebration of Jamaican Independence and shares a mix of original songs inspired by her heritage and some classics from the great Jamaican songbook.


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Created by Ayanna Witter-Johnson