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Boys Choir Of Kenya Gets Recording Contract

LINDA WERTHEIMER, Host:

President Obama's father was from Kenya. And to honor that heritage, the boy's choir of Kenya was in Washington last week to perform at the inauguration ceremonies.

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WERTHEIMER: The 26-member choir wore traditional Maasai costumes and were widely praised as they sang on stages, at embassies and held impromptu performances on city sidewalks.

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WERTHEIMER: They were at London's Heathrow Airport on the way home when they were tracked down by a representative from the Universal Music Group with contract in hand. He signed them up right there in Terminal 4. The music executive said he had seen then on CNN and YouTube, and had to have them on his roster.

(SOUNDBITE OF BOYS CHOIR OF KENYA) Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.