International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Tanzanianisation and Practice of Indigenous Music Traditions in Church Worship in Dar es Salaam
Kassomo Mkallyah

This article concentrates on the Tanzanianisation process and the practice of indigenous Tanzanian music traditions used in church worship in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. It shows that the Tanzanianisation of indigenous Tanzanian music traditions takes place when musical sounds from one ethnic culture is appropriated and is embraced by many cultures outside the original ethnic domain. This transformation involves many musical aspects including performance, performers, venues, musical instruments and musical attributes. In this process, the transference of musical sounds from one ethnic culture to other multi-ethnic cultures until the music assumes a national dimension. The article argues that migration affecting all ethnic groups in Tanzania has facilitated the Tanzanianisation of hitherto localised traditional music traditions identified with a particular ethnic group to become multi-cultural and become part of church music. Such Tanzanianisation that facilitates multi-cultural practicing of indigenous music traditions during church worship helps also to foster the preservation and promotion of Tanzania music traditions.

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