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Title:Music and Ritual in Sandile Ndlovu's Faith Mission
Author:Nompula, Yolisa
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
South Africa
Southern Africa
Subjects:African Independent Churches
Religion and Witchcraft
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Architecture and the Arts
Art, Architecture, Music, Drama
Sandile Ndlovu's Faith Mission
Rites and ceremonies
External link:https://journals.co.za/doi/abs/10.10520/AJA03790622_64
Abstract:This article is based on fieldwork conducted between January 1990 and September 1992 on Sandile Ndlovu's Faith Mission (SNFM), an independent church characterized by prophecy worship and healing, whose services are conducted at Ndlovu's home in Natal, South Africa. The article analyses the musical form and structure of the songs and accompanying dance performed during church services, focusing in particular on the role of music during the blessing of the water, which seems to be the most elaborate ritual event of the whole service. The author concludes that there is a marked continuity between SNFM rituals and indigenous religious practices. The conceptualization of the SNFM is significant in Nguni philosophy. It has introduced rituals which strongly correspond to traditional ritual ways. The ritual itself is highly syncretic, incorporating elements of Western Christian practice as well as some traditional Nguni practices. In addition, Sandile has included his own innovations. Bibliogr., sum.