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Music in Kenyan Christianity

Logooli Religious Song

This sensitive study is a historical, cultural, and musical exploration of Christian religious music among the Logooli of Western Kenya. It describes how new musical styles developed through contact with popular radio and other media from abroad and became markers of the Logooli identity and culture. Jean Ngoya Kidula narrates this history of a community through music and religious expression in local, national, and global settings. The book is generously enhanced by audiovisual material on the Ethnomusicology Multimedia website.

About the Author

Jean Ngoya Kidula is Associate Professor of Music and Ethnomusicology at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, University of Georgia. She is author (with R. R. King, T. Oduro, and J. R. Krabill) of Music in the Life of the African Church.


"The archival and ethnographic research is outstanding, the accounts of mission history, and then the musical explanations of a variety of forms of change that have accompanied mission intervention, the incursion of forms of modernity, and globalization at large are compelling and unparalleled."—Carol Muller, University of Pennsylvania

"The author has extraordinary access and insight into how song functions among the Logooli. The book contains an excellent mix of deep personal understanding of the culture and copious documentation."—Eric Charry, Wesleyan University

"Music in Kenyan Christianity: Logooli Religious Song is an important contribution to the study of music in Kenyan Christianity. The book explores contemporary African music through the prism of ethnographies through the people's engagement of Christianity as a unifying ideology in the context of history, modernity, nationalisms and globalisation."—Journal of Modern African Studies

"Music in Kenyan Christianity is a significant study in performance practice in contemporary East African Christianity. The meticulous and sometimes highly sophisticated musical analyses, transcriptions, and the rich historical and ethnographic perspectives illuminate not only ongoing discourses and contestations of syncretism and related analytical notions, they also represent a plausible model of a balanced approach to ethnomusicology—i.e., musical and ethnographical. . . . I strongly recommend this book to researchers, teachers, and libraries in African Studies, Religious Studies, Ethnomusicology, and globalization studies."—International Journal of African Historical Studies

"One of the real bonuses of the present book is that Kidula has provided many sound recordings to accompany the transcriptions on a companion website, and the URLs for each passage are clearly listed in the preface."—Anthropology Review Database

"This is an essential text for thinking about world Christianities, because it approaches a particular African Christianity from both insider and outsider perspectives."—Global Forum on Arts and Christian Faith

"The book is a welcome addition to the growing literature on African religious popular culture, and should convince us that interdisciplinary research on popular expressions of Christianity can bring us novel insights and new arguments to the study of social and cultural dynamics of African Christianity."—Anthrocybib
Indiana University Press
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312 Pages
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Other Titles by Jean Ngoya Kidula

Teaching Africa

edited by Brandon D. Lundy, Solomon Negash, with contributions by Jean Ngoya Kidula, Toyin Falola, James Ellison, Jeanine Ntihirageza, Durene Wheeler, Kathleen R. Smythe, Todd Cleveland, Babacar M'Baye, Harry Nii Koney Odamtten, Jennife...
May 2013 - Indiana University Press
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Hip Hop Africa

edited by Eric Charry, with contributions by Rainer Polak, Jesse Weaver Shipley, Lee Watkins, Patricia Tang, Daniel B. Reed, John Fenn, Stephanie Shonekan, Jean Ngoya Kidula, Alex Perullo, John Collins
Oct 2012 - Indiana University Press
$35.00 USD - Paperback / softback

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Dec 2015 - Indiana University Press
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