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By Robert Beckford

Robert Beckford explores the discussion among vital associations in African Caribbean existence: the church and the dancehall. He highlights how Dub – one of many imperative positive aspects of dancehall tradition – might be mobilized as a framework for re-evaluating theology, taking aside doctrine and reconstructing it below the impact of a guiding subject matter. enticing with the social and cultural background that informs Christian African Caribbean tradition, together with the impression of slavery, Revival Christianity and dealing classification Jamaican existence, Black theology and track starting from post-war Sound process to American Hip Hop, Jesus Dub is an in depth exploration of the way all through historical past, song and religion were remodeled in keeping with racialised oppression. eventually, Beckford demonstrates that dub sort looks within the teachings of Jesus, and that Dub is a device that may supply new methods of envisaging and training non secular presents and fiscal giving, offering a extra inclusive theology for everybody.

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Furthermore, they share a common religious root: Jamaican Revival. Revival orality, physicality and spirituality influence both secular and sacred music cultures in Jamaica. However, despite these common roots, they take divergent routes on the subject of the politics of sound. Under Rastafarian and Afrocentric influence, dancehall, while retaining its aesthetic qualities, has continued to nurture a critical space for the explicit politicisation of sound – a theme that I will explore in more depth in dialogue with William Henry in chapter 7.

46 The set and the Spirit Disadvantage and resistance The connection between sound systems and church life came to prominence in the 1970s, a period of profound social and economic change, and unbridled politicisation of African Caribbean communities in Britain. What the 1960s exemplified in African American social struggle, the 1970s represented for African Caribbean youth in Britain. How do we interpret this new domestic situation faced by former colonial citizens and their children? While it is clear that racism(s) emerged with British imperial expansion,4 these ‘old racisms’ did not disappear but were transformed in the domestic context.

While the brutality of slavery had been replaced by other forms of racialised oppression in the post-colonial world, implicit theology remains a feature of African Caribbean Christianity in Britain. According to Black British womanist theologian Valentina Alexander, the disjunction at the heart of implicit theology remains in African Caribbean Christianity today. She designates the term ‘passive radicalism’ to describe this theological paradox: The contextual development of the Church means that it has most often been, however, essentially an implicit tool enabling believers to identify, challenge and overcome the various levels of their ideological and material oppression without necessarily seeking out its socio-historical source and without making an 22 Theorising the politics of sound explicit theological alignment with that liberative process.

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