We don’t know about you, but when we were 11 years old, we weren’t nearly as cool as this kid.
Feng E of Taiwan has been playing the ukulele since he was just five, and six years later he’s well on his way to having a successful career in music that most adults can only dream of.
Feng E credits his dad for encouraging him to learn how to play the ukulele. His father told him he couldn’t play with his Legos unless he learned how to play an instrument. The moment he picked it up, it was clear that he had the sort of innate talent that separates most casual artists from true professionals.
The ukulele master was first noticed when a video of him busking on the streets of Taiwan went viral. Since then he has performed all over China and he’s branching out globally, appearing on “Asia’s Got Talent” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”
On Ellen’s show, Feng confessed that one of his musical inspirations is none other then the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson. In his latest video for his increasingly popular YouTube channel, Feng channeled his inner Michael with a thrilling ukulele version of “Smooth Criminal,” and to say he crushed it is a bit of an understatement!
The young man is in the back seat of his parents’ car as they drive through a rainy evening in the city. The light is dim, but the microphone is sharp enough to pick up every incredible note Feng strikes on his instrument. His hands move so quickly up and down the ukulele’s neck that they become a blur in the grainy light of dusk.
This is one impromptu performance you won’t want to miss. Feng often performs famous songs on YouTube, including songs by Eric Clapton and The Beatles; yet this version of Jackson’s hit song truly makes the music come alive and take a shape all his own.
Watch Feng E perform “Smooth Criminal” in the clip below, and be sure to share to encourage all kids to take up an instrument. You never know when you might discover the next big prodigy!
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