Kelefa T. Sanneh (born 1976) is an American journalist and music critic. From 2000 to 2008, he wrote for The New York Times, covering the rock and roll, hip-hop, and pop music scenes.Since 2008 he has been a staff writer for The New Yorker.Sanneh published Major Labels: a history of the past 50 years of popular music told through the stories of seven genres in 2021.

Kelefa Sanneh

Kelefa Sanneh

Kelefa Sanneh Biography/Wiki

Sanneh was born at Birmingham, West Midlands in England. He spent his childhood in Ghana and Scotland before moving to Connecticut in 1989. His mother Sandra is a South African linguist and teaches isiZulu at Yale.Sanneh received a degree from Harvard University in 1997 in literature. He also worked as a rock director at WHRB’s Record Hospital. Sanneh was a bass player in Harvard’s Hypertrophie Shitstraw and MOPAR bands, Fear of Reprisal, Fear of Reprisal, and TacTic. He also played in a Devo cover band with members of Fat Day and Gerty Farish as well as Bishop Allen, Bishop Allen, and Lavender Diamond. Sanneh’s thesis, The Black Galactic: Achieving Greater African America, combined his interests in literature, music, and culture to write about The Nation of Islam, and the Sun Ra Arkestra, as an attempt to transcend oppression in the African American experience and to explore outer space.

Kelefa Sanneh Career

Sanneh received a lot of publicity for his article in The New York Times, October 31, 2004 titled “The Rap against Rockism”. Sanneh asks music listeners “to stop pretending that serious rock songs can last forever, like if anything could; and that shiny pop songs inherently are disposable, as though that were necessarily a good thing.” Van Morrison’s ‘Into the Music’ album was released the same year that Sugarhill Gang’s ‘Rapper’s Delight’. Which do you hear more of?

Sanneh, who was previously the Times’ music correspondent, was also the deputy editor at Transition, a journal about race and culture based at W. E. B. The Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. His writings have appeared in The Source, Rolling Stone, Blender, The Village Voice, Man’s World (“India’s most prestigious men’s magazine”), Da Capo Best music Writing in 2002, 2005 and 2007, as well as newspapers all over the globe.

Sanneh wrote “Project Trinity”, which was published in The New Yorker’s April 7, 2008. It served to contextualize Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s controversial comments about Barack Obama’s pastor. This article gives a historical background to the Trinity United Church of Christ church of Obama and Wright, who was the former pastor of Trinity.

He left The New York Times in 2008 to become a staff writer at The New Yorker.

Penguin Press published Sanneh’s book Major Labels: A History of Popular Music for the Past 50 Years through the stories of seven different genres in October 2021.

Kelefa’s Wife: Who is She?

Kelefa and Sarah Buck are happy to be married. His wife is the owner and operator of Pies ‘n Thighs in Brooklyn. She has been making award-winning pies there for 15 years. His wife, Carolyn Bane, opened the shop in the spring 2006

Kelefa Sanneh Net Worth

His net worth has increased significantly between 2020 and 2021. Kelefa Sineh is a professional journalist and makes most of her income as such. His net worth is estimated to be $1 million to $5 million in 2021, and it is currently under review for 2020.

Kelefa Sanneh: CBS

Kelefa has been a contributor since 2001 to The New Yorker. Since 2008, she has been a staff author. He is also a regular contributor for CBS Sunday Morning. From the New York Times, he joined the magazine. He was the pop music critic at The New York Times since 2002. He was the former deputy editor for Transition. Harvard University’s W. E. B. published a journal on race and culture. Du Bois Research Institute. His work is also featured in books and publications, including “Shake It up: Famous American Writings On Rock and Pop From Elvis to Jay a Library of America Special Release” and “Da Capo best music writing,” both published by Da Capo.

A Few Less-Known Facts About Kelefa Sannah

  • Sanneh’s “Project Trinity” was published in The New Yorker, April 7. 2008: Sanneh’s publication was published in The New Yorker on April 7.
  • His father was Muslim. He converted to Christianity after his conversion.
  • He spent his childhood in Ghana and Scotland.
  • After six years as a critic of pop music at The New York Times, Kelefa has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2008.

Sanneh’s Family

Sanneh was born in Birmingham, West Midlands in England. He spent his childhood in Ghana, Scotland, and Connecticut with his family in 1989. His father. Lamin Sanneh is a Yale University professor of theological historical and Yale Divinity School professor. He was born in Janjanbureh (Gambia). Sandra, Kelefa’s mother, is an African-speaking linguist from South Africa who teaches isiZulu to students at Yale University. Sanneh received a bachelor’s in literature degree from Harvard University in 1997. While at Harvard, he worked as the rock director for WH RB’s Record Hospital and Transition Journal.

Kelefa Sannah Personal Life

Real Birth Name Kelefa T. Sanneh
Editor Nick Name Kelefa 
Career Journalist, music critic
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Journalist, music critic
Date of Birth 21 September 1976
Age (2021) 35 Years
Place of Birth Birmingham. United Kingdom
Gender   Male
Nationality British, American
Religion Christianity
School Local High School
Marital status
College/University Harvard university
Educational Qualification
Hometown Birmingham. United Kingdom