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Ivan Hussey
Background information
Origin London
Genres World, jazz, jazz fusion, classical
Years active 2001–present
Labels Jambila
Website www.celloman.co.uk
  • Ivan Hussey
  • Samy Bishai
  • Cosimo Keita
  • Oroh Angiama
  • Oli Savill

Celloman is a band led by cellist Ivan Hussey that combines world music, jazz, and classical[1] with African and Middle Eastern rhythms.[2]

Musical Career[edit]

Ivan Hussey's musical career began when he joined the Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 17. Over the course of four years, Ivan appeared on two of their recorded albums and took part in tours of Japan, Jamaica and Europe.[3] He then became a session musician, playing cello for recordings by Take That, The Spice Girls, Soul II Soul and Mick Jagger amongst others,[4] and also toured with Duran Duran and Gabrielle in 1993 and 1994, respectively[3] More recently, he has worked with Bebel Gilberto, Leona Lewis, Keane, Annie Lennox, Gallows, Incognito and currently tours with Natacha Atlas.[5] and Mor Karbasi[6] respectively.

Celloman began in 2001 with the release of Aquador on Ivan Hussey's own independent record label Jambila Music (formerly SPI). They have since gone on to release a further three albums plus two solo albums under the name Ivan Hussey. Celloman have played numerous gigs around the UK and Europe, including four appearances at Glastonbury Festival, Exit Festival, Womad,[7] Sauti za Busara[8] and Glade Festival. Since the release of the acoustic album: Moods, Broods & Interludes, Celloman also perform as The Celloman String Trio, playing Hussey's compositions for string trio.


Celloman's lineup for live performances generally consists of the following members, sometimes accompanied by guest performers:

  • Ivan Hussey - Cello, Vocals
  • Cosimo Keita - Drums
  • Oroh Angiama - Bass
  • Oli Savill - Percussion
  • Samy Bishai - Violin

Guest vocalists and instrumentalists commonly appear on Celloman's recordings; such as on the single, Streets Paved With Gold, which featured The Urban Soul Orchestra, as well as Shaun Escoffrey on lead vocals.


  • Music for Elastic Theatre (2013) - under the name Ivan Hussey
  • Moods, Broods & Interludes (2012) - under the name Ivan Hussey
  • Sharptown (2009)
  • Streets Paved With Gold EP (2007)
  • It's All An Illusion (2003)
  • Maya (2002)
  • Paparai EP (2002)
  • Aquador (2001)