This virtuoso cello arrangement of ‘No Woman No Cry’ is inventive and beautiful

5 January 2018, 09:48 | Updated: 24 April 2018, 14:59

A classical arrangement of ‘No Woman No Cry’, played by cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason in front of a beautiful Bob Marley mural.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason is one of today’s most exciting young cellists (he’s only 18 years old – terrifying, we know), and his arrangement of ‘No Woman No Cry’ is pure loveliness - inventive, sweet and virtuosic.

He plays the track against a Bob Marley mural, captured on a street in Brockley, London.

“Bob Marley, outside classical music, is my biggest musical hero,” says Sheku. “I’ve listened to Bob Marley’s music since I was very young, introduced to me by my parents. He performs with such passion and honesty – that’s why he’s such a role model to me.”

“I’ve kept the familiar song but added a more traditional cello vibe to it. It’s a wonderful piece of music. This arrangement of ‘No Woman No Cry’ is the closest I’ll ever get to being a reggae star!”

Sheku, we crown you the king of reggae-classical crossover.

Buy his new album ‘Inspiration’ here.