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The Street Is My Pulpit: Hip Hop and Christianity in Kenya

Mwenda Ntarangwi

Abstract

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. This book 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. This book forges an uncommon collaboration with its su ... More

Keywords: Christianity, Kenya, Julius Owino, Juliani, gospel music, youth culture, Kenyan hip hop, religious experience

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780252040061
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040061.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mwenda Ntarangwi, author