Sheffield tribute to city soul singer Delsena
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 Walrond, known simply as Delsena, a few weeks ago.
The artist found major success in the States, working with her brother and music producer Rayon.
Delsena spent two years touring the country before ill health forced her to put her career on hold, although she continued to have success through her passion for songwriting
Her single Trippin’ reached number two in the US dance charts and 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 venue 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 15, from 8pm in the downstairs lounge bar.
It is being co-ordinated by Shaun Ward, former bass player of Simply Red, and music producer Chris Hague.
The line-up includes Jack T Harper, Steve Beighton and Joel White plus many others.
Jack also appears at some of the weekend free live music events at the Leopold Square food, cocktail and music venue.
The blues and soul singer plays at the Cocktail Chill Out Lounge on Friday at 8.15pm.
Paul Smith plays old school jazz, soul and pop on Friday at 6.30pm and Saturday at 11.15pm.
Martin L Robinson mixes jazz, soul and classics with his smooth and funky sax style on Friday at 10.15pm.
Guitarist and voclist Ricky Flemming performs soul, reggae, pop and indie at the Cocktail Chill Out Lounge on Saturday at 9.15pm.
Resident magician Mark Maycock demonstrates his close-up illusions every Sunday at 1pm.
Revellers can learn how to dance Argentinian t ango with Lucas Gastiarena from Buenos Aires and Melanie Jarman every Sunday afternoon.
Sessions at 2.30pm to 3.45pm for beginners and intermediates, 3.45pm to 5pm for improvers or advanced dancers and at 5pm there is a social dance.
There are also DJ sessions over the weekend.
For more information, go to www.cubanatapasbar.co.uk or call 0114 276 0475.