The value of traditional African religious music into liturgy : Lobethal congregation

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dc.contributor.author Lebaka, M.E.K. (Morakeng Edward Kenneth)
dc.date.accessioned 2015-08-25T10:06:13Z
dc.date.available 2015-08-25T10:06:13Z
dc.date.issued 2015-06-04
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study was to discover whether the integration of traditional African religious music into Evangelical Lutheran liturgical church services, could effect a change in member attendance and/or participation. To achieve this, the study employed direct observation, video recordings and informal interviews. In addition, church records of attendance during Holy Communion once a month between 2008 and 2013 were accessed. The study was done at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Lobethal Congregation (Arkona Parish, Northern Diocese, Sekhukhune District, Limpopo Province, South Africa). It was demonstrated that church attendance increased dramatically after traditional African religious music was introduced into the Evangelical Lutheran liturgical services in 2011. Observations and video recordings showed that drums, rattles, horns and whistles were used. Handclapping was seen to act almost as a metronome, which steadily maintained the tempo. It was concluded that introducing traditional African religious music into Evangelical Lutheran liturgical church services has increased attendance and participation of church members. Therefore, the introduction of African religious music could be considered for other Evangelical Lutheran congregations in Africa. en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2015 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship National Research Foundation (NRF) en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.hts.org.za/ en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Lebaka, M.E.K., 2015, ‘The value of traditional African religious music into liturgy: Lobethal Congregation’, HTS Theological Studies/Teologiese Studies 71(3), Art. #2761, 6 pages. http://dx.DOI.org/ 10.4102/hts.v71i3.2761. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2078-8050 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v71i3.2761
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/49564
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher OpenJournals Publishing en_ZA
dc.rights © 2015. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS OpenJournals. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Evangelical Lutheran Church en_ZA
dc.subject Lobethal congregation en_ZA
dc.subject Evangelical Lutheran liturgical services en_ZA
dc.subject Evangelical Lutheran congregations en_ZA
dc.subject Africa en_ZA
dc.title The value of traditional African religious music into liturgy : Lobethal congregation en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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