Take That star Gary Barlow plans slum children for Queen at Buckingham Palace

12:06 19 May 2012

Gary Barlow, organiser of the Diamond Jubilee Concert, outside Buckingham Palace. Credit Press Association (there is no name)

Gary Barlow, organiser of the Diamond Jubilee Concert, outside Buckingham Palace. Credit Press Association (there is no name)

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Take That Star Gary Barlow has made a surprise addition to the bill for the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations – child singers from a slum in Kenya.

The young performers are being flown over from Africa to sing for the Queen on June 4.

Barlow came across them while recording a Jubilee single in a number of Commonwealth countries.

The Slum Drummers from Nairobi’s Kibera slum will take part when Barlow’s track Sing is performed for the Queen.

“We had the pleasure of calling them last week to say we’re going to fly them over for the concert, so they’re going to come and play at the concert and meet the Queen - so it’s changed their bloody life.

“Their visas are being sorted - it’s amazing,” he added.

The youngsters had never even heard a recording of themselves until Barlow worked with them, putting the track together on his laptop.

“I played them back and they’d never heard anything like it, they were crying,” he said.

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