Kenyan Choir to Perform at Inauguration

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Twenty-four of Kenya's best choir boys left the capital of Nairobi on Saturday on a trip to Washington, D.C.  They will perform traditional Kenyan songs for President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration.

The choir is also expected to sing at the official black tie inauguration ball.  The choir will sing praise songs, one of which is called "Obama Gongavuza", a traditional luhya song from western Kenya.

That song, sung on the occasion of the birth of a first born, is especially meaningful to the choir.  They feel Obama is their "first born."

Kenyans are honored by the election of Obama, because he is the first African American president with Kenyan roots.

Frederick Masambaya, a member of the Kenya boys choir, said it was a privilege to be able to perform at the inauguration.

Obama was born in Hawaii to a white mother from the state of Kansas and a black father from Kenya.  Obama's father left the family when he a child and died in 1982.

Obama was not especially close to his African family although he last visited them on a 2006 trip to Kenya.

Source: APTN

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