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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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Lyrical Genius with a Socially Conscious Message

(p.119) 6 Juliani
The Street Is My Pulpit

Mwenda Ntarangwi

University of Illinois Press

This chapter focuses on Juliani's songs that tackle issues of love, sex and sexuality, politics, religiosity, and economics, along with his ability to play with words to make even more intriguing inroads into Kenya's sociocultural planes. It also highlights Juliani's ability to engage with tough social issues through creatively woven lyrics and rhyme. By analyzing Juliani's songs from his three albums (Mtaa Mentality, Pulpit Kwa Street, and Exponential Potential) as well as his mixtape (Vultures vs. Voters), this chapter identifies certain recurrent themes that appear in almost all of his work. Some of the themes are sexuality, love, and relationships; tensions between perceived and real social practices; masculine and feminine identities; socioeconomic and political challenges; and the everyday experiences of spiritual life.

Keywords:   songs, lyrics, Mtaa Mentality, Pulpit Kwa Street, Exponential Potential, Vultures vs. Voters, love, sex and sexuality, religiosity, socioeconomic and political challenges

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