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Singing and spirituality in a South African male voice group

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posted on 2024-06-05, 10:56 authored by Dawn JosephDawn Joseph, R Page-Shipp, C Van Niekerk
Since the mid 1970s, a group of twelve business and professional members of a male singing group have continued singing together in Pretoria, South Africa. These singers were interviewed as part of a project on spirituality and well-being: music in the community. From the interview data, two overarching themes emerged, membership benefits and spiritual connections; these are discussed in this research project. Members’ views of benefits related mainly to fulfilment of personal, includ- ing musical, needs, although all were gratified that their singing provided enjoyment to community audiences and benefits to disadvantaged communities, mainly from ticket sale proceeds. Most saw an association between singing and the spiritual, but only a minority identified a religious connotation, the remainder relating to non- religious factors such as the ‘human spirit’. A deep sense of commitment and a love of music impacts positively on social engagement, benefiting and enhancing quality of life for the group members.

History

Journal

International Journal of Community Music

Volume

11

Pagination

21-38

Location

Bristol, Eng.

ISSN

1752-6299

eISSN

1752-6302

Language

English

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2018, Intellect

Issue

1

Publisher

INTELLECT LTD