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Meghan Markle Asked This 19-Year-Old Sierra Leonean-British Cellist To Perform at the Royal Wedding

Of course musical prodigy Sheku Kanneh-Mason said yes!

The Royal Wedding between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry is a little less than a month away, and the couple shared an announcement today regarding some of the performers who will be present at their wedding.

One of the performers at their Service will be 19-year-old musical prodigy and cellist, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, BBC reports.

The BBC Young Musician 2016 winner (the first black musician to do so) says on Twitter that he immediately said yes at the opportunity when Markle asked him the question over a phone call. The musician has played for Prince Harry at a fundraising event last year for the Halo Foundation, an Antiguan charity.

Kanneh-Mason, whose father hails from Antigua and his mother from Sierra Leone and Wales, landed the biggest-selling British debut of his classical album, "Inspiration" earlier this year. He's one of seven children (they all play at least one instrument), and appeared on Britain's Got Talent with five of his siblings, making to the semi-finals.

This is only the beginning for him. Learn more about Sheku via the video below or here.

ICYMI, revisit Black Twitter's hilarious reactions to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's engagement here.

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Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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Watch Focalistic & Vigro Deep’s New Music Video For ‘Ke Star’

The 'Lockdown Level 1 anthem' has come to life through fire visuals.

South African artist Focalistic has released a music video to accompany his hit single, "Ke Star" featuring Vigro Deep.

The rising artist continues solidifying his place with his effortless skill of blending his hip-hop roots with a love for amapiano.

South Africans certainly loved it enough to let it into their homes. Social media users quickly began sharing videos of themselves dancing away their lockdown woes to "Ke Star," helping share the track all over the world.

Directed by Steezus in Focalistic's childhood stomping ground, Ga-Rankuwa, Zone 2, the artist mentions: "The video was to try to explain the song in its fullest form and more importantly tell a genuine South African story. We're pushing a movement and there has to be visual representation." He certainly is representing the nation with pride.


Watch the music video for "Ke Star" here.


Focalistic Ke Star (Official Music Video) ft Vigro Deep www.youtube.com

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The 9 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Olamide, Nasty C, Davido, Mr Eazi x Nicki Minaj and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here, Apple Music here and YouTube Music here

Check out all of OkayAfrica's playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

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Listen to Alicia Keys & Diamond Platnumz’ New Song ‘Wasted Energy’

The Tanzanian music icon and American star team up on the track from her new album, ALICIA.