Music in Kenyan Christianity

Music in Kenyan Christianity

Logooli Religious Song
Jean Ngoya Kidula
Distribution: World
Publication date: 09/11/2013
ISBN: 978-0-253-00702-5
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Winner, 2014 Society for Ethnomusicology Nketia book prize

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.

Author Bio

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 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

“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

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Table of Contents

Note on Spelling and Orthography
List of Abbreviations
1. Prelude
2. Assembly: Logooli Historical, Cultural, and Musical Background
3. Encounter: Avalogooli and Euro-American Religion, Culture, and Music
4. Consolidation: Christian Religious Genres in Logooli-Land
5. Accommodation: Logooli Adoption and Use of "Book" Music
6. Syncretism: Logooli Christian Songs of the Spirit
7. Invocation: Logooli Christian Songs in Contemporary Education and Media
8. Epilogue
Appendix I: Archival and Media House Records
Appendix II: Song Text and Hymn Tune Sources
Glossary of Terms