Africa is a home of diverse traditional, cultural and religious heritages. One of these heritages and modes of their religious expressions is music. In Africa, music and religion act as a single entity; they are inseparable. The African worship traditions have greatly influenced the contemporary worship practices of African churches. From a cultural point of view, African people do not feel comfortable in a controlled or solemn church environment where emotions are not expressed freely.
African churches enjoy a more demonstrative and expressive form of worship. Therefore, they usually tend to associate their music with movements and actions, such as clapping, stomping feet, dancing, and playing native percussion instruments. Percussion instruments are at the heart of the African music; therefore, percussion plays a vital role in the Christian worship music as well. An interesting feature of the African worship is that members are fully involved in the whole service.
As African churches develop and start to grow into big numbers, music ministries and musicians become very important. They serve local churches and support church evangelism movements. Local churches will also support local music ministries and musicians to join the development of churches.
Let the children of God in Africa praise Him and testify His goodness forever and always!
The evening of Sunday, July 9, 2017, Jubilee World hosted a successful anniversary concert, featuring five original, multi-language compositions by Jubilee members. Leaders and members, and the general public, received much joy and grace in the concert, through which God poured out His grace. All glory and thanks to God!
At Jubilee World General Assembly, guest speakers were invited to deliver lectures to Jubilee members and leaders. The lecturers each spent an hour telling their stories and sharing their experiences found in walking with Jesus Christ.
Saturday evening, on July 8, 2017, Jubilee World hosted its 15th anniversary classical concert. The concert features the conductor Ms. Elke Overton, a professional winds octet (consisting 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, and 2 horns), and Jubilee Chorus of 12 singers. Audience from Jubilee World and from the general public attended the concert with eagerness. With beauty and grace, the musical collaboration witnessed the majesty and glory of God.
Jubilee music ministry in Chennai has conducted last practice for the music night they will be holding tonight which they hope will bless many people - where Christian musicians from other churches also volunteered.
As GA approaches, Jubilee members began to hold rehearsals for Orchestra /Choir Performance. Thus, on Jun 29th, Wind Orchestra St. Louis gathered its members to rehearsal, at Jubilee campus, for 2 consecutive hours.
God is always faithful; in times of need, His love and grace always shine through. With a few weeks left until GA, Jubilee staff continue diligently working daily. The Lord sends His workers to support HQ staff day by day.