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MEET: Sheku - Everything You Need to Know About #CelloBae

Posted on May 24, 2018

#CelloBae = our new bae

If you watched the Royal Wedding, there are a few things you definitely couldn’t have missed. The loving looks shared between bride, Meghan Markle and her groom, Prince Harry, the Kingdom Choir’s rendition of “Stand By Me”, the fancy hats (so many fancy hats). But there was one moment that seriously took off and even if you didn’t tune in to Meghan and Harry’s special day, there’s no way you could have missed it. That’s where 19 year old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who’s now known as #CelloBae, comes in. 

While Meghan and Harry signed the register, the guests – and all those watching from around the world – were treated to a breathtakingly beautiful performance by Sheku.

In 2016, Sheku made history when he became the first black artist to be named by BBC as their Young Musician of the Year. Impressive. So impressive that he was personally asked by Meghan to play at the Royal Wedding. If you take a look back in Sheku’s life, all of this success would come as no surprise. Having grown up in a seriously musical family ,he picked up the cello at the young age of six. By the time he was nine, he passed the Grade 8 cello examinations with the highest marks across the UK. 

At the Royal Wedding, Sheku performed three songs in front of those in St. George’s Chapel: Maria Theresia von Paradis’ “Sicilienne”Gabriel Fauré’s “Après un rêve” and Franz Schubert’s “Ave Maria”. It’s estimated the wedding was broadcast to over 29 million people in the US alone. UNREAL.

Sheku’s debut album Inspiration was released in January of 2018. The album features a rendition of “No Woman, No Cry” by Bob Marley, whom he has credited as one of his biggest influences. Watch it below!

Still can’t get enough of Sheku? Have a listen to his album Inspiration right now.