Music in African churches

  • Canon E.E. Lury
Keywords: Church music -- Africa, Gregorian chants -- Africa, Church music -- African influences, Pentatonic scales -- Africa, Musical ability -- Africa, Africans -- Songs and music


The story goes that a very beautiful setting of the Te Deum, based on a Native African melody, was sung On a great occasion in Kampala Cathedral. One of the members of U.M.C.A., was present, and, in conversation afterwards, remarked to the Bishop of Uganda how much he admired it. Shortly afterwards, however, at luncheon a very keen and educated African Christian leaned across to the same Bishop and said "Bishop, you must never allow that Te Deum to be sung again in the Cathedral; it has too many wrong associations for us.