We interviewed Ayanna when she was an 'Emerging Artist in Residence' at the Southbank Centre in 2009. She has a beautiful, jazzy, soulful voice, writes thoughtful, personal, inspirational lyrics and does remarkable things with her cello. You can expect a warm and elegant performance from this lady who is, by all accounts, very lovely.
Her debut album, Truthfully is a 7-track showcase of her diverse and wonderful talent. The title track is a love song to make you weep and smile, Aint I A Woman? is a tribute to African-American abolitionist and women's rights activist, Sojourner Truth and there's one cover, a tango-esque spin on Roxanne, preceded by a lament which makes it a sad song of sisterhood. Have a listen at ayannamusic.com.
Ayanna Witter-Johnson appears at the Brunel Museum, Rotherhithe on Sat 17 December at 7.30pm. Tickets £10 on the door. If you can't make it, Ayanna is also playing at Cotton's in Exmouth Market on Sunday 11 December.