Barefoot, sitting on the staircase, and belting out a haunting cover of Canadian superstar Celine Dion’s “The Power of Love”, 17-year-old Gabonese teen Samuel was just performing one of his idol’s many songs yet the powerful performance was caught on camera by one of his friends and shared on social media.
What followed was a social media frenzy that took the world by storm…
A prominent Gabonese blogger, Barack Nyare Mba, got hold of the video and shared it on his page where it amassed over a million views. The video has gone so viral not just in Gabon, Africa but across the world that it would soon reach Celine Dion.
Amazed at the young lad’s talent, Celine reposted the video on her social media page with a note that she hopes to meet Samuel one day. Of course, if a famous singer reposts a cover by her fan, people know it’s not just an ordinary cover; thus, the video gained more views and was so popular that it changed Samuel’s life back home.
Coming from a poor family, Samuel had to quit school. He did not receive formal training in music yet his voice quality was so good that his cover of Celine’s “The Power of Love” is bound to give you goosebumps!
He has now become some sort of local celebrity in his country, with several TV show producers from as far as France and the Ivory Coast even approaching him for guestings! Still, we do hope he gets to meet Celine in the near future – for that is his life-long dream.
Watch this video and be amazed at this young African teen’s talent.
Voici un jeune gabonais très talentueux qui interprète Céline Dion. SVP ECOUTEZ ET PARTAGEZ. #Gabon
Posted by Barack Nyare Mba on Monday, July 18, 2016