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- DescriptionTo some, Christianity and hip hop seem antithetical. Not so in Kenya. There, the music of Julius Owi, 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 ethgrapher. 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.
- Author BiographyMwenda Ntarangwi is an associate professor of anthropology at Calvin College. He is the author of East African Hip Hop: Youth Culture and Globalization .
- Author(s)Mwenda Ntarangwi
- PublisherUniversity of Illinois Press
- Date of Publication15/05/2016
- SubjectMusic & Dance
- Series TitleInterp Culture New Millennium
- Place of PublicationBaltimore
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Illinois Press
- Content Note6 black and white photographs
- Weight431 g
- Width3895 mm
- Height5830 mm
- Spine20 mm
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