Sheffield musicians come together to mark Delsena’s soulful legacy

The life of one of the city’s most renowned soul singers who scored a number two single in the American dance charts is celebrated next week.

Sheffield musicians were left in shock when news broke of the death of Delsena a few weeks ago.

The artist found major success in the States and, working with her brother and music producer Rayon, also and spent two years touring the country before ill health forced her to put her career on hold although Delsensa continued to have success through her passion for song writing 

Her single,  ‘Trippin’’ reached no 2 in the US dance charts and no. 39 in the British singles charts.

In more recent years she had returned to performing and had become a popular resident artist at Leopold Square’s Cubana.

She had also written a book about her life “Singing in the pain” and was also working on a book project starring her son Nile.

Adrian Bagnoli, Cubana co-owner, said: “The death of Delsena has been an incredible shock to all of us – she was not only an amazing artist but also a lovely, caring  person and I’ve been inundated with fellow musicians wanting to do something to celebrate her life and raise funds. Proceeds from the event will go towards the future care of her son Nile who suffers from cerebral palsy and needs round the clock care.”

The Delsena tribute evening takes place at Cubana next Monday, July 15th, from 8pm in Cubana’s downstairs lounge bar. It is being co-ordinated by Shaun Ward – former bass player of Simply Red, and music producer Chris Hague and the line-up includes Jack. T. Harper, Steve Beighton and Joel White plus many others.

Cubana Tapas Bar
Unit 4, Leopold Square, Sheffield, UK, S1 2JG 
0114 276 0475


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