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Decolonizing Gospel Music

A Black British Revolutionary Praxis
  • By Anthony B. Pinn, Monica R. Miller, Robert Beckford
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Is contemporary Black British gospel music a coloniality? What theological message is really conveyed in these songs?

In this book, Robert Beckford shows how the Black British contemporary gospel music tradition is in
crisis because its songs continue to be informed by colonial Christian ideas about God.

Beckford explores the failure of both African and African Caribbean heritage Churches to Decolonise their faith, especially the doctrine of God, biblical interpretation and Black ontology. This predicament has left song leaders, musicians and songwriters with a reservoir of ideas that aim to disavow engagement with the social-historical world, black Biblical interpretation and the necessity of loving blackness.

This book is decolonisation through praxis. Reflecting on the conceptual social justice album 'The Jamaican Bible Remix' (2017) as a communicative resource, Beckford shows how to develop production tools to inscribe decolonial theological thought onto Black British music(s). The outcome of this process is the creation of a decolonial contemporary gospel music genre. The impact of the album is demonstrated through case studies in national and international contexts.
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    Product Specs
    • SKU: 9781350081734
    • Manufacturer: BLOOMSBURY 3PL
    • ISBN 13: 9781350081734
    • Publication Date: 09/21/2023
    • Format: Hardcover
    • Author: Anthony B. Pinn
    • Author: Robert Beckford
    • Author: Monica R. Miller

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