By Sandra Rose  | 

Sheku Kanneh-Mason

Meghan Markle personally called teenage cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason to invite him to perform the cello at her wedding. The 19-year-old happily accepted -- and now he is world famous.

Sheku, who comes from a family of talented youngsters, was named the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year in 2016. He performed the cello for wedding guests while Meghan, Harry and their parents went to sign the wedding register at St. George's Chapel in Windsor.

Some spectators wondered why the well-heeled guests were talking through Sheku's performance and not paying attention. But the teenager didn't seem to care.

Kanneh-Mason looked cool, calm, and collected as he played and now he admits he felt "very relaxed".

"I was just soaking up the atmosphere," he tells People. "To have the opportunity to perform for so many people, I was just really excited.

Kanneh-Masons

Sheku and his 6 siblings are all classical musicians who call themselves the Kanneh-Masons. They competed on Britain's Got Talent in 2015.

Sheku described accepting Meghan's invitation to perform during the wedding of the decade.

"I said yes immediately. It’s such an amazing event to have the opportunity to perform at. It was a surprise and such an honor. I’m definitely not used to playing at the royal weddings with famous faces watching. That was something that was just such an honor - to get to perform for these people."

Sheku, who played "Sicilienne," "Après un rêve" and "Ave Maria," during the nuptials, adds, "I’m just so glad to have been a part of their special day."

 

 

Photo by Lars Borges/Kensington Palace via Getty Images

  • Pitty Patty

    Anyways,

    Did anybody watch RHOP last night it was good. Monique should have stuffed that umbrella down Robyn's throat.

  • Cali

    What a loser! Your lame funny shaped a ss came all the way here to dismiss this man's accomplishments in favor of celebrating reality rats?! Kick rocks dust bunny and read a book B.

  • Kemi

    Beautiful!!! I had goosebumps watching him played the cello. He’s so gifted and I hope we hear more about him in the near future.. congratulations young man! #greatness

  • SpiceGirl

    He did a damn good job playing that cello....

  • SpiceGirl

    I dropped a tear when he was playing....he was playing with SOOOOOO much emotion

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!
  • SpiceGirl

    lmbo....just going to throw my 2 cents in......with rubber flip flops ...pahahahahaha......ok im done....carry on

  • iWasteTime

    you're simply awesome!
    I need Looking today.
    Powerball winner in my town at my supermarket but not me ...

  • FukkFolks2018

    Too late Sandra. Would have been nice for you to have lead with this nice positive story but the negativity on your platform...is SADLY going to overshadow this beautifully talented young man and his musically gifted sibs and their melanin. Bc a large chunk of your readership is TOO NARROW MINDED. Someone is going to say well he was at that white ass wedding. Nevermind the good. They wont be able to see it an appreciate it. Yet you supposedly put the riff raff out huh?

    Kudos to him. Ive seen SO MANY who HAVE commented on him and good bc he is pretty damn it AWESOME with his righteous ass 'fro! Im glad you did post him but maybe next time this as the lead. IDK.

  • Rayne

    He’s a handsome young fella too. He played the he’ll outta that chello.

  • SpillyNillie

    Beautiful Black Family! Amazing talents!

  • FukkFolks2018

    Bloop!

    Whispers...she funny shaped? Really?

  • Kemi

    Me too! His performance was very passionate and breathtaking! Don’t know but I’m so proud of him.

  • Rayne

    Well got damn ???

  • Roxie Moxie

    Niiiice!!!! He reminds me of Trombone Shorty (he is my BF in my head). I go see him every year (when he comes) to the Jazz Festival here. It's something about a man who can play an instrument! My ex played the piano and I would request a song a night; especically, Ribbon in the Sky by Stevie Wonder.

  • SpiceGirl

    me too....took me back to my days when I USE to play the cello........

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    lawd... all the meat y'all done bought from there and they sold the ticket to somebody else??!!!! i'm so sorry Shug... https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bb4264f7d4d7227830d50436ebc02fe52f854ab6633bc6dbb91c04c30c8efcd0.gif

  • FukkFolks2018

    Shit was everything

  • Pitty Patty

    Cause what more can we talk about with this Royal Wedding. We done said it all.

    And bitch you dont know what I look like. If I wanna change the subject I can. Funky bish.

  • Pitty Patty

    Chile please. I aint new to this. That's nothing compared to what I've been called all through my life.

    Try harder.

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    he was ART! from his playing, his expressions, his pose...ALL ART

  • Pitty Patty

    I'm just tried of discussing the same subject over and over and over.

    Kudos to him and all, but we beating a dead horse at this point.

  • Pitty Patty

    I see its the same shyt.

  • Soda
  • iWasteTime

    shut up! I was 2 numbers off, hubby best friend was one number off. My whole job was waiting for me to call out today

  • SpillyNillie

    Sitting here with a bucket of popcorn waiting for these "typings" to come thru

    *throws popcorn up and catches*

  • Pitty Patty

    Great meme. But try again.

  • the guest

    His rendition of Ave Maria is the best I've ever heard and I am a fan of classical music. He was just brilliant and I love how he was at times looking upward and praying as he played. Every detail of the wedding, just beautiful.

  • Pitty Patty

    Read a book. That's funny as hell....

  • Hater

    class, bravo! ????

  • Quitedeliteful

    Nice young man...

  • Hater

    ?? ribbon in the sky (going to listen to it now)....??

  • JV

    Didn't pay any attention to the wedding as I have no interest, but I heard he was very good and would like to hear him.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    lawd, yall was so close... if you had come on here and said you hit, EYE woulda called out!!!!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!
  • Logan Roberts

    My hats off to anybody that can play an instrument. I always regretted not learning the piano when I had the chance. Good job sir & your siblings ?

  • Blah, blah don’t care.

    This is a Yesssss!! I thought all black families work instruments.

  • Cali

    This kid is AMAZING and already a STAR. I am now a fan of Ms. Markle as she put Black Excellence star and center at her wedding :-).

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    yes! you could see this kid's love & appreciation for the music... how he was moved by it.... and how he expressed his emotion through each perfectly executed note. i'm sorry, but it was breathtaking, and i'm here for it, Lol! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/92889c8c87c494548b7b7556dc6993ecdac82203a0c2510635c6ca9901d5e177.gif

  • Cali

    Then LEAVE Bish, Bye. OTHERS are HAPPY and STILL CELEBRATING. You can use your ashy fingers to click on other posts.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    hilarious!

  • FukkFolks2018

    I'm officially crine. Shew

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    now that was real "soul" music!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!
  • Blue

    Awesome.

  • FukkFolks2018

    I didn't try anything. You swinging at the air mad at everyone. I didn't do it.

    This time https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/facb747be8d12b0c139ade43d9bea779e1084ff6c72a87620b0dc2c21ddb232d.gif

  • Darkandlovely617?

    teehheehee you know that font feels familiar...dont remember her name. the one who lived with her mama and didn't go out, ordered everything.
    yall said she tried to get the kids in the house???

  • Kemi

    Was so beautiful!!! I was so proud of the black talents that were showcased.

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    all of that....and i meant poise not pose

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    oh chile his pose was poised too, LOL!

  • Blah, blah don’t care.

    LOL. The Charade.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Bravo ... Awesome sauce chile ... He did an excellent job... ???

  • NeverSurprised

    He was PHENOMENAL!!!! The beauty of his Ave Maria left me in tears. For me, the best part of this wedding was exposing young black kids to the genius of this young man. For them to hear REAL music (not profanity-laced childish rhyming) was such a joy for me.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Dead as hell ..
    ??

  • NeverSurprised

    You MUST watch his performance. He is a genius.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    ROFL ? I'm all late in tears and shyt ... ?

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    HA!

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    HAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this was funny

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    Pitty is really BBQ Becky... she's calling the police right now

  • BadAss Will

    He wasn't nervous at all, great job... Love the Jackson 5 afros too....

  • NeverSurprised

    I must take a moment to mention this musical prodigy's accomplishments. Not only is he the first black musician to win the BBC Young Musician's Award (in the 38 years it has been awarded), but also:

    - He began playing the cello at the age of six
    - At age nine, he passed the Grade 8 cello examination with the highest marks in the UK ( highest in ALL of the United Kingdom) and won the Marguerite Swan Memorial Prize
    -Also at nine, he won a scholarship to join the Junior Academy of the Royal Academy of Music

    THIS is a prodigy.

  • Alicia.Ashe

    He was fantastic.

  • Marlika

    Job well done young man!! Beautifully played!!

  • Marlika

    *Side note I noticed Williams pa has more hair on his roof than him.??????

    And I find quite rude to have side convos during this young man debut.?

  • Being bad is way more fun

    Im not into that kind of music but watched the whole thing because hes so phyne and had such passion playing .. I hope we get to see more of him for sure !!!!

  • FukkFolks2018

    Holy crap. This is HER???

  • Meme

    Definitely so proud of him

  • Meme

    Hahaha lol

  • Allihave2say

    Auntie thank you so much for show casing this talented young man. ? He plays beautifully. You can feel the music in his spirit and see how it orchestrates his fingers and his face. Sheku is an amazing Cellist. I was glued and so pleased that he was spotlighted in the wedding while the families signed the registry.

  • Allihave2say

    There are times in life when voices, sounds, music on tv will stop you in your tracks. This Cellist Sheku, Mariza (a Portugese Singer) and Clay Aiken on American Idol with Ruben Studdard (Ruben won).

    The British are supposed to be so regal and well mannered but I saw some really poor social etiquette during this wedding. We'll discuss that on another post. T

  • Allihave2say

    I'm not Catholic but his Cello sang that song didn't it? Simply perfect.

  • Allihave2say

    ???????

  • NeverSurprised

    He is magnificent!!! And I love his parents. They have raised a talented, humble family.

  • Peace

    Amen ??????

  • Anji

    Bravo. Lovely tone. Hate that people talked during his performance. Though he couldn't, seasoned vets halt the music until respect is given. Glad he didn't seem phased. Bravo!

  • Anji

    Erin Blockabitch

  • Anji

    It's never too late!

  • Kemi

    Oh my goodness, Sheku’s exquisite performance, for me, was the highlight of the wedding. He’s an experienced and impressive young talent. I hope he becomes their national treasure.
    I was especially surprised to see the facial grimacing, smirking, side talks, giggling etc during the wedding. I thought the royals were groomed better than that. Like you’ve said, the discussion is for another post.

  • Allihave2say

    Yes, perhaps Auntie will do an open post so we can discuss Royal Ghettoism.

  • Julia Lyons

    Yes...the Black talents were exquisite! I loved this wedding ceremony to the max!

  • Julia Lyons

    I think it was Princess Beatrice who had on the green. You can tell she is a royal bitch. Her stupid ass mouth was aghast when Bishop was preaching. I hope she looks back and see how dumb she looked.

  • justlooking

    RAW BRILLANCE

    People do this everywhere, talk at the worst times. Rudeness is worldwide.

  • Kemi

    How very disrespectful of her!! I’m sure Prince Andrew and Fergie are proud! She looked really dumb

  • Kemi

    Absolutely.. from the choir to the minister and to the cellist is was superb display of black people. The ceremony reflects the true belief in humanity and the underpinnings of our hopes and dreams. It was really a fairytale!

  • MythCalledLove

    I know it was painful to control emotions. Deep down a few were about to catch the spirit. Some had what we call church lady hats. Hiking up the skirt, rejoicing dancing in the isle.They had no clue why they felt the way they did. Michael Curry "took them to church" That was a "drop the mic" moment.

  • MythCalledLove

    I don't who it was but there was a lady that had on a purple outfit. I think it was a relative of Diana. She had to be in the top 5. But both of Harry ex gf looked horrible.

  • sunni_daze

    What a talent. This young man is about to blow up.

  • Darkandlovely617?

    yes, thanks!

  • Darkandlovely617?

    i feel the same anger / dysfunction come through the screen

  • kekeb

    This is super dope!? So proud of he and his siblings. I know their parents are proud!!

  • BloodBlood

    I love this so much!!!! #WEROCK