Music in the Life of the African Church

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Baylor University Press, 2008 - Music - 187 pages

During the twentieth century, the number of Christians in Africa grew from an estimated 4 million to more than 300 million. One of the forces that has propelled the church's remarkable growth is its liturgical music, which has been heavily influenced by indigenous musical traditions. This rewarding book takes readers inside the music for the first time. By examining the central role of indigenous music in promoting Christianity and in giving voice to local theologies, the authors seek to energize conversations between music, culture, and the church. Furthermore, they extract useful lessons for fostering faith communities around the globe.

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Contents

Beginnings Music in the African Church
1
Music Culture EuroAmerican Christianity
17
Music Culture African Life
37
Encounters What Happens to Music when People Meet
57
Church Music in the Life of African Christian Communities
81
Making and Managing Music in African Christian Life
101
Bible Lex Canendi Lex Credendi
117
Global Church Lessons from Africa
133
Electronic Resources
151
Notes
155
Bibliography
163
Glossary
173
List of Contributors
179
Index
183
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Roberta King (Ph.D. Fuller Theological Seminary) is Associate Professor of Communication and Ethnomusicology at Fuller Theological Seminary Jean Ngoya Kidula (Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles) is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Georgia James R. Krabill (Ph.D. University of Birmingham, England) is Senior Executive for Global Ministries for the Mennonite Mission Network Thomas A. Oduro (Ph.D. Luther Seminary) is Senior Lecturer and Principal at Good News Theological College and Seminary

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