Last September, the BYU Men’s Chorus invited YouTube sensation, Alex Boyé, to join them in a new music video of Baba Yetu, a choral, Swahili version of the Lord’s Prayer. That new video has now reached more than 100,000 views in less than a week.
BYU Sound Engineer Jeff Carter recorded and mixed a new version of this popular song from the Men’s Chorus repertoire to include the BYU Philharmonic conducted by Kory Katseanes and features Alex Boyé, a former member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir who rose to fame with his ‘Africanized’ version of well-known pop songs.
“As this is an African version of the Lord’s Prayer, we thought of Alex Boyé and his ‘Africianized’ songs, so we invited him to be a soloist and he was perfect,” said Benjamin Jacob, president of the BYU Men’s Chorus. “He brought his own style to the piece–just a great combination of Men’s Chorus and Alex Boyé.”