Friday, May 05, 2006

Urban Worship?
A recurring conversation around London church youthworkers is about finding worship materials/music/resources that connect with urban young people. Some do connect with the Soul Surivor/Hillsong United style stuff, others respond to Noel Robinson & gospely influenced stuff, and interactive elements from the alt.worship/chill out scene work too, but there seems to be a gap.

A few years ago I heard some guys strip down some tracks, end up with some beats and sing worship over the top, which was cool. But I come across very few of these experiments. Where are those using hip-hop, r'n'b, grime, beats for corporate worship? Where is the urban sound fit for the heavenly city?

8 Comments:

Blogger Larraine said...

totally not my cup of tea, but check these guys out.....

10:20 pm  
Blogger pastor mike said...

my sense is that you'll not find a single style... be eclectic!

2:18 pm  
Blogger Pete Lev said...

Thanks!
I guess most youthworkers are doing some eclectic "pick n mix".
But I know there must be some good stuff "out there", that others could learn some. I know because I've had glimpses.

Just this Saturday I was at an event where worship was led by a seriously cool youth choir, who also did a couple of gospely r 'n'b tracks which were fantastic.

3:31 pm  
Blogger youthworkertim said...

There are plenty of passionate urban pioneers in the inner city. Question is will Christianity PLC (the publishing arms of Christian media in the UK!) which incidentally is owned and run by white middle class people fund and promote urban non white groups in the same way? Guess the answer is no! RISKY!!!

10:06 pm  
Blogger Pete Lev said...

Thanks Tim, good point. So often it comes down to economics!

11:13 pm  
Blogger youthworkertim said...

Pete,
the yellow sub headers on your comments pages are extremely hard to read due to the contrast against the white background. It works well against the dark blue but not against the white.
Timmy S

1:10 pm  
Blogger Larraine said...

There's yellow?

9:05 am  
Blogger Pete Lev said...

Yes I wondered about the yellow!

6:02 pm  

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