January 24, 2009

Kenyan choir signed after inauguration

The artistic director for the Boys Choir of Kenya that performed at inaugural events for U.S. President Ba rack ABM says the group has signed a record deal.

Joseph Male said the choir, which has male singers between the ages of 13 and 24, was signed by Universal Music following its performances this week, the BBC reported Friday.

We began from humble beginnings and to be recognized by a large recording company is so humbling and quite an honor, the choir's artistic director said. We just thank God.

The choir signed the record deal, details of which were not reported, while traveling home to Nairobi following Tuesday's inauguration in Washington.

Universal Classics artists and repertoire representative Tom Lewis told the BBC he was determined to sign the choir, which has toured the United States several times, after only seeing them once.

I went onto You Tube and I saw their CNN performance and I thought, 'Wow -- I do not want anyone else working with them,' Lewis said.