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.
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The most influential African on the development of indigenous church music in east Africa was Tanzanian Stephen B. G. Mbunga (1927-1982). His doctoral dissertation, Church Law and Bantu Music (1963) takes a fresh look at the documents of the Roman Catholic Church and calls unequivocally...
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