Top Kenyan Scholar Immortalizes Singer Juliani In New Book About The Gospel Industry

Juliani will forever be linked to the growth of urban-contemporary gospel music. This fact was recognized by Dr Mwenda Ntarangwi who studied Juliani’s  stint in the music industry and compiled his finding in a book dubbed The Street Is My Pulpit.

In the book, Dr Ntarangwi  shows that Julius Owino, aka Juliani, blends faith and beats into a potent hip hop gospel aimed at a youth culture hungry for answers spiritual, material, and otherwise.

According to an online description of the book, Mwenda Ntarangwi explores the Kenyan hip hop scene through the lens of Juliani’s life and career. A born-again Christian, Juliani produces work highlighting the tensions between hip hop’s forceful self-expression and a pious approach to public life, even while contesting the basic presumptions of both.

In The Street Is My Pulpit, Ntarangwi forges an uncommon collaboration with his subject that offers insights into Juliani’s art and goals even as Ntarangwi explores his own religious experience and subjective identity as an ethnographer.

What emerges is an original contribution to the scholarship on hip hop’s global impact and a passionate study of the music’s role in shaping new ways of being Christian in Africa.

One of Juliani’s good friends, TV personality Larry Madowo wrote a forward for the book.

He says, “I’ve known Juliani for a long time so I was honoured when Dr Mwenda Ntarangwi asked me to write something small about him when we bumped into each other in Detroit a few years ago. Mwenda wrote an excellent book about an extraordinary artist. It will soon be available in Kenyan bookstores. If you can’t wait, it’s available on Amazon.”

Here are some reviews of the book by top African scholars.

“A remarkably imaginative and personalized approach to popular music and youth culture, which sheds fascinating light on Kenya’s changing culture, history, politics, and especially Christianity.”–Paul Gifford, author of Christianity, Politics, and Public Life in Kenya

“A very provocative, fascinating, even entertaining peek into the youthful ferment under way in African Christianity.”–Emmanuel Katongole, author of The Sacrifice of Africa: A Political Theology for Africa

“Reading The Street Is My Pulpit is refreshing in diverse ways. It is a lesson on the intersection between creativity and social media in Africa, a continent that is reaping the benefits of information technologies in fundamental ways. The book is also a journey into ethnographic research in the digital age.”–Kimani Njogu, author of Youth and Peaceful Elections in Kenya

When Is Yours? Fans Beg Larry Madowo To Marry

People are savage. They have zero chills. If you’re yet to encounter such people, ask Larry Madowo, Willy Paul or Size 8. They’re amongst the celebrities who receive all sorts of comments from social media trolls.

Recently, jovial NTV presenter Larry Madowo attended political analyst’s Nerima Wako and Billian Ojiwa’s wedding and he took to social media to congratulate the newest couple in town on their nuptials.

“Congratulations to my friends Billian Ojiwa and Nerima Wako on their nuptials. We wish them every blessing possible and a lifetime of happiness,” Madowo wrote accompanied by the photo below.

Larry Madowo
(L-R) Larry Madowo), Victoria Rubadiri, Nerima Wako, Billian Ojiwa and Boniface vmwangi

But this did not go down well with a section of his followers who asked him to get someone and settle down. They can’t wait to see the kind of husband and father he will be.

Check out reactions from Larry Madowo’s followers

Zak Mjajyz: You attend like 100 weddings in a year na hujawai pata mtu.. Kwani we ni tent?

Wabucha Wa Githinji: Sasa unatumia kizungu mingi tusijue ni harusi? Just keep taking selfies at other peoples weddings na hauoi, utajua watoto hawanunuliwi muthurwa.

Gaddafi Were: You are busy congratulating and attending people’s nuptials… When shall we attend yours? Men’s menopause is knocking at your door

Chirchir McCassey: Larry utaishi ukismile kwa nuptials😩😩 (whatever that is) za watu,.weka yako Ata we upewe smile,sssshh by the way, my sister did KCPE n got 437 less ndo afike 500,.she is good for you,.dowry utalipa Tu in monthly installments,.

Ochieng Ochi: Larry is a gentleman who clearly knows his vision and and he will settle down at his appropriate time, respect him. Larry aim higher brother we will support you as your fans, you inspire many by your career and ability to maintain your professionalism.

Muriithi Ngari: A man who hangs around a beautiful girl and says nothing end up fetching water at her wedding

Coolbrown Ashley: Luo Bae When shall people attend yours and congratulate you? Wiye bith ni, You always hangs around with beautiful ladies, kwani ni mafeelings haunanga? Ama you don’t function? Gileke machalo mar Murkomen

Belinda Jeruto:  If you look keenly utaona every couple have their matching colors for example, Larry na wake have put on orange, the nuptial ones have white while the other couple has blue/navy blue. Tunataka nuptials yako na Victoria sasa😏😏😏

Shikhu Thumbi: Just keep wishing people all happiness but your not in that happiness…it like a priest who preaches but is not even born again..haiyae

Solomon Naftaly: You can’t be serious congratulating Pals on their nuptials, when will pals congratulate you on your spousal?… Bure kabisha

Joseph Kariuk:  Nigga you gonna end up being the transport manager at Victoria wedding ….people from siaya we smooth n swift wewe ni mwitu

Franck Musundi: Larry have you become a tent to attend more than 50 weddings a year?? God is watching you at close range.

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