Tickets for the Kenyan Boys Choir are available at the door only. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Adults $10; Students and Seniors $5; Families $20.
“Music to Make You Smile” is the title of the most recent CD recorded by the Kenyan Boys Choir, appearing on Quadra Island at the Quadra Community Centre on Monday, July 9th at 7:00 PM. Tickets on sale at the door only at 6:30 PM. The Kenyan Boys Choir will visit Quadra after participating as “Choir in Residence” at the world-renowned Kathaumixw International Choral Festival in Powell River. With their uplifting music of joy and hope, the Kenyan Boys Choir have toured extensively in the US and more recently in the UK; and first came to the attention of the world when they performed at US President Barak Obama’s Inauguration Ceremony in 2009.
The choir, composed of twenty–four young men aged 14 to 25 years, are from various backgrounds and tribes in Kenya. Founded in Nairobi in 1998 by conductor Joseph Muyale Inzai, they were personally selected and given the chance to change their lives by bringing them together to sing. Dayo Yusuf, who has been with the choir for nine years, says the experience has taught them that music “is not just a part-time thing – it can also be your life and your career.”
The choir has recorded three albums: “Amerika Jambo,” “Spirit of Africa,” and “Music to Make You Smile.” All albums feature traditional Masai and Samburu chants as well as contemporary African pieces, European classics and spirituals. Says Frederick Masambaya, a four-year veteran of the choir: “We’re the first group of Kenyan musicians to be signed by the world’s topmost record company and people look at us as paving the way for other musicians.”
In live performances, the Kenyan Boys Choir dress in tribal costumes and perform choreographed dance routines, adding to the vitality of this extraordinarily talented group of young men. The Kenyan Boys will transport you to a land of sun-drenched savannah and vibrant colours with their big smiles, their warmth and their hopeful message.
Cost of entrance for the July 9th concert by the Kenyan Boys Choir on Quadra at the door is: $10 Adult; $5 Student/Senior; $20 Family. There are no advance tickets. Doors open at 6:30 PM. For more information, call 285-3737, or 285-2580. Listen and read more at www.kenyanboyschoir.org