Reflection on glocal worship in missiology in the context of the marginalised, yet never silenced, African worship music

Aaron Takalani Muswubi


This paper focuses on reflection on the new concept of glocal worship in missiology, in the context of the marginalised, yet never silenced, African worship music. It is clear that the globalisation process is rapidly connecting people from all over the world, making it possible to connect at almost any time and in any place, especially in rapidly emerging urban and inner city contexts. Some of the effects of globalisation are captured in the new term, Glocalisation, which is a metamorphosis still in its neo-natal stage. Glocal is the result of the fusion of global and local concerns, products, services and tastes. This paper discusses the way in which these recent developments are also manifested in African worship music. This produces exciting opportunities, as well as unique challenges for missiology which calls for in-depth discussions and theological reflection. The question to be answered is: how is the glocal worship related to missiology? And how should glocal worship be understood in the context of African music? These questions are inevitable in reviewing missiology in the glocal context today.


Globalisation; glocalisation; glocal worship; missiology; marginalised and African music

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