He is only 19, and his name is Sheku Kanneh-Mason, and on Saturday morning, he shot to fame within seconds.
Kanneh-Mason played the cello at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and right away, social media began swooning over the handsome musician. On Twitter, women went wild and dubbed Kanneh-Mason the “Cello Bae.”
According to a report in Saturday’s BBC, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wanted a different royal wedding, one that featured tradition and black culture. The newspaper reported that royal wedding watchers across the pond in the United States had welcomed the black influence during the moving nuptials. Folks went to Twitter to tweet about the “gospel choir,” “Sheku Kanneh-Mason” and “Martin Luther King”.
Both Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had seen the young cellist perform in London last summer and were blown away by his talent, so they asked him to be a part of the royal nuptials.
Kanneh-Mason says he was so honored, he could not turn down Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. He called the invitation an honor and a privilege, and he couldn’t wait to perform.
He was supposed to have a gig elsewhere on Saturday. According to one news source, Kanneh-Mason was going to be the guest soloist with the L.A. Chamber Orchestra during a performance in Glendale, California over the weekend.
Sheku Kanneh-Mason said he was “bowled over” to play at the royal wedding, and his performance was very moving and so graceful. Check him out here on YouTube.
Kanneh-Mason was accompanied by an orchestra and played three pieces, and these included Franz Schubert’s “Ave Maria,” Gabriel Fauré’s “Après un rêve” and Maria Theresia von Paradis’ “Sicilienne.”
Sheku Kanneh-Mason is studying at the Royal Academy of Music. He’s been playing the cello since age six.