The Mummers

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The Mummers
OriginBrighton, England
Baroque pop
Years active2006–present
LabelsBig Bass Drum
MembersRaissa Khan-Panni
Paul Sandrone
Tessa Gilles
Maddie Rix
Lindsey Oliver
Loz Thomas
Rob Heasman
Laura Ritchie
Past membersMark Horwood (deceased)

The Mummers are a band based in the English coastal city of Brighton, centred on London-born singer/songwriter Raissa Khan-Panni, composer Mark Horwood (before taking his own life in September 2009), producer/writer Paul Sandrone and co-producer/manager Alastair Cunningham.[1][2]


Raissa Khan-Panni, once better known as Raissa, is a singer whose origins include English, Chinese, Indian, and Mexican. She was raised in the South London district of West Norwood, and as a child studied classical music, learning the piano and then oboe. She spent her school-days busking in Leicester Square and later all over Europe, before returning to study music in Bristol. In 2000 she enjoyed critical acclaim across the media spectrum, most notably with the album Believer released by Polydor Records and the single "How Long Do I Get" which was played extensively on UK radio stations.[citation needed]

Despite the acclaim, by 2001 the solo projects were winding down and Khan-Panni returned to work, waitressing full-time in a Brixton restaurant. She describes this period as "a time of having nothing again" when, after several years of excitement, she returned to the mundane and the ordinary. However, she was still writing lyrics which began by documenting this period of her life but soon spun out to a fantasy world as her mind wandered while working.[3]

In September 2009, Mark Horwood committed suicide. The band states they intend to 'honour his spirit completely'.[4]


Studio albums[edit]

  • Tale to Tell (2009) – Big Bass Drum[5]

Extended plays[edit]

  • Mink Hollow Road (2011) – Big Bass Drum


  1. ^ "The Mummers – review". The Guardian. 21 April 2011. Retrieved 4 September 2021.
  2. ^ "No 354: The Mummers". The Guardian. 22 July 2008. Retrieved 4 September 2021.
  3. ^ "Maddy Costa meets Raissa Khan-Panni from the Mummers". The Guardian. 19 October 2008. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  4. ^ Paul Lester (2012). "The Mummers: 'We're honouring his spirit completely'". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  5. ^ "Pop review: The Mummers, Tale to Tell". The Guardian. 4 June 2009. Retrieved 4 September 2021.

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