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Music in the Life of the African Church

By Jean Ngoya Kidula With Roberta King, James R. Krabill and Thomas A. Oduro

Music in the Life of the African Church
Paperback, 165 pages $29.95
Published: 15th March 2008
ISBN: 9781602580220
Format: 9in x 6in

Subjects: All Practical Theology, All Religious Studies, Worship and Ritual

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.




1 Beginnings: Music in the African Church

Roberta R. King

2 Music Culture: Euro-American Christianity

Roberta R. King

3 Music Culture: African Life

Jean Ngoya Kidula

4 Encounters: What Happens to Music when People Meet

James R. Krabill

5 Church Music in the Life of African Christian Communities

Thomas Oduro

6 Making and Managing Music in African Christian Life
Jean Ngoya Kidula

7 Bible: Lex Canendi, Lex Credendi
Roberta R. King

8 Global Church: Lessons from Africa

Roberta R. King

Appendix: Electronic Sources




List of Contributors


This book puts a face of hope and faith on Africa, the second largest and, for some, the most chaotic continent in the world. Through song, dance and drama, we learn of additional ways to pray and praise the God of all peoples, times and places. The insights offered in this volume come from authors who thoroughly know and love Africa and, through their insights, further our understanding of how God is moving in the world through music and faith. A significant addition to the literature on music and mission.

—C. Michael Hawn, Professor of Church Music and Director of the Sacred Music Program, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

Roberta King (Ph.D. Fuller Theological Seminary) is Associate Professor of Communication and Ethnomusicology at Fuller Theological Seminary.

James R. Krabill (Ph.D. University of Birmingham, England) is Senior Executive for Global Ministries for the Mennonite Mission Network.

Jean Ngoya Kidula (Ph.D. University of California – Los Angeles) is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Georgia.

Thomas A. Oduro (Ph.D. Luther Seminary) is Senior Lecturer and Principal at Good News Theological College and Seminary.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 165 pages
 9in x 6in

  MUS048010, REL055020, REL070000
 Baylor University Press

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