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The Street Is My PulpitHip Hop and Christianity in Kenya$
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Mwenda Ntarangwi

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040061

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040061.001.0001

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Cultural Preferences, Christianity, and the Street

Cultural Preferences, Christianity, and the Street

(p.23) 2 Cultural Preferences, Christianity, and the Street
The Street Is My Pulpit

Mwenda Ntarangwi

University of Illinois Press

This chapter explores the basis for the “disconnect” between the church and the street and how Juliani's work brings them together. Juliani, this chapter argues, provides an important bridge for the church and the street, using music that focuses on social issues to bring people who care about them in for a closer look at his Christian message embedded in his songs. And, in looking beyond the musician to the context within which he performs, this chapter also considers the ways that Christianity in Kenya found its feet in different cultural communities, as well as how the culture of the missionaries who pioneered Christianity in Kenya interacted with the local cultures of the communities they converted, and how these influences have endured or changed over time.

Keywords:   church, street, social issues, Christianity, Kenya, cultural preferences, social experiences

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