Record deal for Kenyan choir boys after Obama inauguration gig

January 24th, 2009 - 7:00 am ICT by IANS  

Barack ObamaLondon, Jan 24 (DPA) A youth choir from Kenya has earned a recording deal after performing at US President Barack Obama’s inauguration this week, British media reported Friday.The Boys Choir of Kenya signed an agreement with Universal Music record label in the transit lounge at London’s Heathrow Airport on their way home from Washington.

Representatives of the label, to which the likes of Amy Winehouse, U2 and the Rolling Stones are signed, had seen an internet video clip of the choir’s performance at Tuesday’s ceremony, the report said.

“This is a big honour to us. We feel so excited,” Joseph Muyale, the choir’s founder and musical director, was quoted as saying.

The choir, which includes several orphans, had been performing in the US when they were approached by organisers to take part in the inauguration celebrations.

Obama’s father was Kenyan and he is seen by many as a son of the East African nation.

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