September 18, 2017
Sampha Sisay, 28, is the winner of the 2017 Hyundai Mercury Music Prize. The award winner holds dual citizenship from Sierra Leone and the United Kingdom and is younger sibling of former Sierra Leone Chief Executive Officer of Sierra Leone and aspirant for the standard bearer of the ruling All Peoples Congress.
The accolade came following his “critically acclaimed debut album, ‘Process.”
The award is one of the UK’s most prestigious music prizes.
He beat singers like Ed Sheeran, Kate Tempest and Stormzy to scoop the 25,000 Pounds Sterling prize, according to the BBC for a song on grief he felt when his mother, Binta, died of cancer. “This feeling was best exemplified by the ballad ‘No One Knows Me Like The Piano’ which Mama Binta had taught him how to play.”
In an exclusive interview with Osman Benk Sankoh, John Bonoh Sisay said he felt proud of his 28-year-old brother. He said the awardee sets out to do his best in what he is passionate about, adding that he had been in touch with him and that the latter “feels like he’s walking in a dream. It has not sunken yet.”