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Sheku Kanneh-Mason - Inspiration is WCRB: CD of the Week

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On WCRB's CD of the Week, 19-year-old Sheku Kanneh-Mason looks back to his greatest musical inspirations growing up, from teachers to legendary cellists.

Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason is 19 years old, and he's grown up with the loving support of a big family in Nottingham, England. When he plays, he unleashes a beautiful, unburdened sound that courageously follows the composer's story, with an astonishing amount of depth and insight.

In 2016, Sheku Kanneh-Mason won the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition. That moment is captured on the video below, along with a portrait of the unbelievably musical, fun-loving and intelligent atmosphere that he and his six talented siblings have grown up in. Proud to be the first black musician to win the BBC award, he finds himself now recording far sooner than he'd imagined – and for a major label, DECCA, no less. It's not hard to feel a pang of worry about a musician so young getting caught up in the invasive tentacles of the industry. But Sheku seems to have left enough crumbs along the path that he'll always know his route back to the simple truth of his love for music.