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Author Ntarangwi, Mwenda, author

Title The street is my pulpit : hip hop and Christianity in Kenya / Mwenda Ntarangwi
Published Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2016
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Description 1 online resource
Series Interpretations of Culture in the New Millennium
Interpretations of culture in the new millennium.
Contents Intersections, overlaps, and collaborations -- Cultural preferences, Christianity, and the street -- Hip hop's recasting of Christianity and gospel music in Kenya -- Kama si sisi nani? Juliani's gospel of self-empowerment -- Media and contested Christian identities -- Juliani: lyrical genius with a socially conscious message -- Conclusion: parallel but intersecting paths -- Appendix: Shops selling Juliani's exponential potential
Summary To some, Christianity and hip hop seem antithetical. Not so in Kenya. There, the music of Julius Owino, aka Juliani, blends faith and beats into a potent hip hop gospel aimed at a youth culture hungry for answers spiritual, material, and otherwise. Mwenda Ntarangwi explores the Kenyan hip hop scene through the lens of Juliani's life and career. A born-again Christian, Juliani produces work highlighting the tensions between hip hop's forceful self-expression and a pious approach to public life, even while contesting the basic presumptions of both. In The Street Is My Pulpit, Ntarangwi forges an uncommon collaboration with his subject that offers insights into Juliani's art and goals even as Ntarangwi explores his own religious experience and subjective identity as an ethnographer. What emerges is an original contribution to the scholarship on hip hop's global impact and a passionate study of the music's role in shaping new ways of being Christian in Africa [Publisher description]
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Juliani, 1984-
Christian rap (Music) -- Kenya.
Christianity -- Kenya.
Music and youth -- Kenya.
Rap musicians -- Kenya.
Youth -- Kenya -- Social conditions -- 21st century.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2016005502
ISBN 0252040066
0252098269 (electronic bk.)
9780252098260 (electronic bk.)