oa Africa Insight - Musical bows in South Africa

Volume 16, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



The reason why I became involved with African music was to promote new African church music for the Catholic Church. As a priest and a musician, I had had quite a lot of experience with liturgical music, but when I had to tackle African church music in 1977, it was without any preparation. However, the first composition workshops went incredibly well, so that by the end of 1978 I had recorded and published on tape and in transcription some 400 church songs in four languages. That was when I started working for Lumko Institute full time. All the publication is done through this institute now, except the music that finds its way into the hymnbooks of the different language regions. Presently about 1 000 songs are available, in 19 Africa languages, many of them also in English and Afrikaans.

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