Tanzania is a particularly fertile location for the development of indigenous hymnody because of the work of a leading African priest, Stephen Mbunga, and the ministry of a Protestant missionary, Howard Olson*, that spanned four decades. Together they offer insight into a process of cultivating congregational song, a pattern followed in other areas of the continent.
The Moravian diaspora resulted in their first mission station in colonial German East Africa in 1891 by Theodor Meyer in the Southern Highlands of Tanganyika (now Tanzania). Stations spread quickly in the area and the first Konde hymnbook was published in 1905 (Berger, 2013, pp. 481-482). Scholarly research in...
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