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Decolonizing Contemporary Gospel Music: A Black British Revolutionary Praxis (Hardback)

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Robert Beckford shows how the black British gospel music tradition is in crisis after it became distanced from the 'roots' of the gospel in the US that influenced it.

The book develops a revolutionary gospel music genre or 'social gospel,' in two stages. The first stage is a reshaping and retooling of the theological and theo-musicological structures of contemporary gospel music, based on a socio-political reading of black British music production. The second stage is a practical guide, a theo-musicological reflection on the production of the author's album: Jamaican Bible Remix.

To reveal how these tracks are cut-and-mixed in the recording studio, the second part of the book consists of case studies of individual songs from the album (Incarnation: no blacks, no Irish, no dogs,' and 'Magnificat'). The book ends with a call for a post-logocentric black liberation theology situated within the black radical sacred music tradition of the African Caribbean diaspora.

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Music & DanceMusic BooksMusic: styles & genresSacred & religious musicPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groupsEthnic studiesBlack & Asian studiesReligion & BeliefsReligion: generalReligious issues & debates Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Publication Date: 18/05/2023 ISBN-13: 9781350081734  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Robert Beckford is Professor of Theology and Culture in the African Diaspora at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK. He has also worked as a BAFTA-winning television presenter, BBC radio broadcaster, and playwright.

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