chapter  7
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The South Africanization of Tanzanian MATHAYO B. NDOMONDO

ByChristian Popular Music

The history of Christian music in Tanzania from colonialism to post-independence is very complex. It is marked by three factors: fi rst, the introduction in the early days of colonialism of Christian religion alongside Western hymnody and the simultaneous outlawing of indigenous musical traditions in and around the church; second, the vernacularization of the hymnody during the later days of Christianity, followed by gradual and later rapid reemergence of indigenous musical traditions, especially melodies; and fi nally, the infl ux of secular popular musical idioms in the church, especially in the Pentecostal denominations, and much later, Protestant churches.