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.
Roberta King is Associate Professor of Communication and Ethnomusicology at Fuller Theological Seminary. James R. Krabill is Senior Executive for Global Ministries for the Mennonite Mission Network. Thomas A. Oduro is Senior Lecturer and Principal at Good News Theological College and Seminary.
Illustrations Preface Acknowledgments 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 Notes Bibliography Glossary List of Contributors Index