Moipei sisters make history with NBA performance
Three members of the Moipei Quartet made history on Sunday, becoming the first non-Americans to perform the US national anthem at an NBA playoff game.
Mary, Marta and Magdalene sang before an estimated 19,000 basketball fans at the AT&T Centre before the start of Game Four of the playoff series between the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Clippers in San Antonio, Texas.
The sisters, wearing matching black dresses and Maasai necklaces, performed The Star Spangled Banner, with the large overhead screen beaming the images around the arena.
The three sisters are enrolled at St Mary’s University in San Antonio taking Musical Studies.
The youngest Moipei sibling, Seraphine, was not present as she is yet to join her sisters at the university.
Sadly, Kenyans in the US who were eagerly anticipating the performance were unable to watch it live on ABC as the previous playoff game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics took longer than anticipated, delaying the broadcaster’s switch to the Spurs-Clippers game.
By the time ABC went live to San Antonio, the girls had already performed.
However, those who missed the performance were able to watch a video of it that was posted on the Moipei’s Facebook page.
The Clippers won the game 114-105, tying the series as 2-2.