Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Street Is My PulpitHip Hop and Christianity in Kenya$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Mwenda Ntarangwi

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040061

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040061.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM ILLINOIS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.illinois.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Illinois University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in ISO for personal use.date: 25 June 2021

Hip Hop’s Recasting of Christianity and Gospel Music in Kenya

Hip Hop’s Recasting of Christianity and Gospel Music in Kenya

(p.46) 3 Hip Hop’s Recasting of Christianity and Gospel Music in Kenya
The Street Is My Pulpit

Mwenda Ntarangwi

University of Illinois Press

This chapter explores the ways in which the intersection between hip hop and Christianity brings about a recasting of what is assumed to be the norm within Christianity. It provides examples of how contemporary hip hop and Christianity in Kenya interact through a focus on youth, both in their historical roots and in current practices. Although music and Christianity have been regarded as incarnational processes that narrate themselves in lived experiences that document social reality, the chapter argues that hip hop provides Christianity a contested arena for self-expression and indigenization because of its emergence from a socioeconomic context of depressed economies and livelihoods neoliberalism fuels, as well as through multidirectional processes, multiracial identities, and multicultural interactions.

Keywords:   hip hop, gospel music, Christianity, Kenyan youth, neoliberalism, multidirectional processes, multiracial identities, multicultural interactions, self-expression, indigenization

Illinois Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.