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Kenyan Song of Praise for Barack Obama

Barack Obama's father is from Kenya, and one of that East African country's well known musical groups, Kenge Kenge, has created a song of praise and support for their native son. Above is the "studio version", a video edited and produced in the UK. Below is a more extended and extemporaneous performance, seemingly recorded live at a backyard party in Nairobi.

And here's one from Kenya's Tony Nyadundo, set to a slide show of compelling photographs:

They are a small token of the tremendous outpouring of goodwill that has been arriving on our shores from Africa, the Third World, and hopeful people everywhere, with the nomination and prospective election of a man with the 5 C's - competence, compassion, charisma, color and CHANGE - to the Presidency of the United States.

As I write this post, I am listening to WFMU, which is broadcasting an extended Obama world music program. For a complete playlist and links to YouTube versions of some songs:
To hear the entire program, either use the RealAudio link on the page referenced above, or access WFMU's pop-up player:
WFMU's Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg from 11/1/2008