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By Jean Ngoya Kidula

ISBN-10: 0253006678

ISBN-13: 9780253006677

This delicate research is a historic, cultural, and musical exploration of Christian non secular song one of the Logooli of Western Kenya. It describes how new musical kinds constructed via touch with renowned radio and different media from in another country and have become markers of the Logooli id and tradition. Jean Ngoya Kidula narrates this heritage of a group via track and spiritual expression in neighborhood, nationwide, and worldwide settings. The booklet is generously better by means of audiovisual fabric at the Ethnomusicology Multimedia website.

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17 Musicking had already begun on the eve of the rite when messengers were sent to inform the people of the upcoming event. 18 Wagner’s informant, a priest, stated: “as soon as the sacrificial priest had kindled the fire, he sings a song addressed to Isahi or to Ang’oma in which all the people join” (Wagner 1949, 193). The song attributed the first fire ever kindled to Ang’oma and invoked Ango’ma’s favor on Logooli progeny. The song, begun by the priest and his acolyte, was continued by the gathered crowd while musaalisi repaired to the sacrificial grove.

I interviewed musicians, observed and participated in their churches and concerts, analyzed their works between 1988 and 1997, and arranged their songs for the church choir that I directed at that time, the Nairobi Pentecostal church choir. The study was revived in 2001–2002 with students and faculty at Kenyatta University. In discussing the history and trends of contemporary Kenyan musical and related identity, we searched for appro- 12 m u s ic i n k e n ya n C h r i st i a n i t y priate theories for our data.

The most famous of these rites was the mbumbelee ceremony. In this instance, several old women were invited to coax health into the child. The child’s ear was pierced and a small iron plug inserted as a visible sign of the preventive measure against the disease or spirits plaguing the child (Mulindi 1983, 11–12; Wagner 1949, 332–334). A song, “Mbumbelee,” was performed during the ritual. The refrain, usually sung by the chorus, posited the idea of inducing health in the way one fans cinders to blaze.

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