Workshops and Music Notation project.

Psalm Project Africa Has now been in action spreading the message of singing God’s word, the Psalms, in the church in Africa. Our recent workshops have been organized and held at different churches and institutions, particularly at Kanungu Bible Church and African Bible University. The workshops have so far gathered around 150 participants and above on different occasions. Most of the participants were singers, choir members, youth leaders, and church leaders from various Churches.

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Posing for a picture at the end of the first Psalm Project Africa. September, 2011

At African Bible University, we have graciously been given the opportunity to work with the University choir during the second semester of the 2014-2015 academic year. Through thought-provoquing discussions, we have covered such questions as, “what is the worship service?” “What’s the biblical view of music in the worship service?” “What’s the place of intertainment and concert music in the worship service?” etc. We have also been able to adapt some psalms to existing popular tunes and to sing them during our weekly sessions. We are thankful to the Leadership of African Bible University for their continued support to the vision of Psalm Project Africa

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#rehearsing a song during a worshop session at Kambuga Bible Church, Western Uganda.

Psalm Project is thankful to God that he has continually enabled the participants to write and sing songs from his word, The Psalms. Psalm Project will be travelling to Lira, Gulu, and Arua in the coming months for workshops. We would like to come to your congregation to share with you what God has enabled us to do so far. We would also like to partner with you in this endeavour of putting Psalms into music for the African Church. Please drop a message here if you would like us to come to your church, or to support the work of Psalm Project Africa in your area. We would like to work with you to put as many Psalms as possible in music that can be used during congregational worship especialy. If you have good knowledge of african hymns commonly sung in your congregation, or if you are able to write hymns, please partner with us for this purpose.

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singing Psalms at the ClubHouse

Psalm Project also wishes to work with any professional musician who has the skill to notate music. Besides putting the music on electronic media for record and transmission, our purpose is to have all the songs notated and compiled into a hymnal. We will be glad to work with you. May God bless you as you consider partnering with Psalm Project Africa.

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Sing Psalms 2 CD duplication

Dear Frend!

As we close the recording and mastering sessions, we would like to hear from you concerning the next stage, Duplication.

Although we have already been working with a well experienced company, we are looking for an alternative person to purchase and assemble CD cases (with transparent holder) as designed by Psalm Project Africa. Instead of the DVD cover size that we used for Sing Psalms 1, we would like to use the normal CD size dimensions. If you have any idea and connections, please contact us. below are two samples of the size we want. thank you.

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Sing Psalms II, Christmas Season

Dear friends!

We are delighted to inform you that our second collection of Psalms is in the process. The recording sessions have already started. Just like on our first Album, we sall on anyone who feels they have either of the follolwing skills to be part of this project if they so wish: the ability to write music, arrange lyrics, and play african instruments. A list of the psalms that we’ve already worked on will be made available to you soon so that you can help pick new ones by either suggesting, arrange lyrics, or writting songs.

Equally important is the fact that we woud like to include particular African styles. If you are a singer/songwriter or your are familiar with music from Nigeria (WestAfrica), Democratic Republic of Congo (French speaker), Ethiopia, Eritrea, and SouthSudan (conversant in Arabic particularly), we would like to work with you to write songs from the various major cultural musical genres represented there. Considering that the targeted styles and languages may require singers with past experience with the languages and the genres, we would like to call upon you to support the Psalm Project Africa by giving us a few hours for studio recording coming soon.

Sing Psalms is a collection of psalms set into traditional and less traditional African music. Sing Psalms is produced by Psalm Project Africa, a program of the Reformed Student Organisation, Kampala. We at Psalm Project Africa believe that psalms are for singing. The psalms have inspired generations of believers. They have relevance for the Christian life. There are psalms for every occasion of life and for every spiritual condition. The psalms carry the longing of the human soul. They are part of Gods’ inspired Word. So, let’s sing them more often in our African churches.

We believe that Today’s generation can counter a growing trend in many churches of singing shallow songs, whether they are borrowed from other cultures or local compositions. We believe that it is possible to revive the centuries-old African culture of singing content (Scripture, in this case).

Psalm Project Africa will be delighted to share with you the music and the ideas through workshops and featurng in your programs. You can plan to make the singing of Psalms a feature on your 2014’s Christmas programs. We have songs that can be featured in your normal church worship program, or in a concert, if you plan to have one this end-year season.

Please get in touch with us and find out how your musical talent can be used for the benefit of the Church in this century, or how your partnership can advance the work of the Kingdom in this area of music. We wish you God’s blessings as you prepare for the Christmas celebrations and for a new year.

Kambuga Psalm Project.

In spite of the challenges we faced on the way, God prospered us. God’s word, the Psalms, is now being put into music in Kambuga Bible Church.
The journey to Kambuga (14 – 17th Aug, 2014) was a frustrating one. The frustration was first caused by the Bus. Patrick Apadel and Migisho Gady, PPA’s team in company of Robert Kalenzi, a member of the RSO family, had hoped to arrive in kambuga By Friday 15th in the morning. In order for that to happen, they needed to travel Thursday overnight. Thus, they bought tickets on a bus, Muhabura, with the promise that they would leave Kampala by 10:30. However, at 12:30am the office says “we’re not leaving til 5am next day.” After quick thinking and hustling with the bus operators (who refused to refund the money), it was decided that the team should board another bus to take them at least half way, Mbarara. From there they would then take another bus hopefully to arrive in Kambuga before the scheduled time. After 9hours on the road through mountains and swamps and some scary corners on top of high mountains, the team finally made it one hour before schedule, thanks to a special hire taxis.
Friday afternoon, the team met fifteen singers who had been eagerly looking forward to meeting the Psalm project team. After two hours of interaction about Music, African music genres and history, Christian music, Music in the Bible, Contemporary music,… and the Psalms as a musical heritage for Christians, the team was divided into two groups who were assigned to chose which psalms they were to put into music the next day. Psalms 31 and 126 were picked and the team was dismissed for the evening.
On Saturday morning, it was surprising to hear from Pastor Samuel Akiiki, the leading pastor and church planter at Kambuga Bible Church, that no one had come to the church yet. it was 9 am. All the singers had gone to their farms. Since August is their main rain season, all farmers were busy planting their crops. In such cases, you wait. And that’s what the PPA team did. As the afternoon slowly rolled in, the singers appeared, and so the workshop began. Both teams sat and listened to Patrick and Gady explaining the exercise that involved interpretation, poetry, writing, music composition, and music instruments. shortly enough, the teams were back in action trying to come up with the best melodies they could. by evening time both teams had written a song each and practiced them for Sunday.
Sunday morning was quite exciting. Unlike the previous day, it was warm and bright; and so were the faces of the men and women and children who had come to fellowship and worship God. After wonderful congregational singing and prayers, the PPA team was introduced to lead the choir in the singing. What a blessing it was to watch people learn and sing along with the choir. Most encouraging, moreover, was the fact that a number of people were able to sing while reading the songs straight from the Bible. All the songs had been written word for word as they appear in the Lukiga Bible. a few days later, the choir was able to write three more songs from the Psalms and to sing them in the congregation.
According to the pastor, the work has just begun. Pastor Samuel Akiiki, a graduate of Westminster theological College and Seminary, Uganda, is leading the first Presbyterian congregation in Kambuga. “I had a plan to be here only one year, to train someone,” he said. “Instead, God cut [off from me] all the learned people. God gave me drunkards needing rehabilitation, broken hearts needing mending.” We pray that God will bless Kambuga Bible Church as they raise funds to build their church. May the Spirit of God continue to use Pastor Sam and his team as they care of his sheep. He hopes that by the end of this year, his choir and the church will invite other churches and choirs in the area for a musical concert featuring Psalm project Africa. This, he believes, could be a good way to spread the fire in the area.
Robert Kalenzi, the third member of the group, who at least spoke some Lukiga, had been our interpreter during the workshops. He concluded the worship service with a sermon that included the singing of the Psalms and Spiritual songs as a mark of believers (“Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” Col 3:1-16)
Returning to Kampala was another hustle. The bus was already full by the time it picked the team. Unfortunately, they had no choice but to be added to the standing passengers. The bus stopped to add some more people even though passengers were already standing in the door. The conductor was literally hanging outside the bus for some time as it rushed through the cold night, climbing mountains. What a frightening experience! In spite of the discomfort, God brought the team safely back to Kampala.
Psalm Project Africa is thankful to God for his protection from the start to the end of the mission. PPA is also thankful to you for your prayers and moral support. Please continue to pray and to partner with PPA. The work is only beginning. We believe that this is a timely idea. If the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ must spread its roots deeper in the African church, then the singing of the Psalms and doctrinal songs is paramount for this generation of African believers. May God’s blessings be upon you as you listen and enjoy our music.

Arts Ministry, Jinja

We praise God for giving us safety as we traveled to Jinja (May 29th, 2014) to be with fellow arts ministry friends at HEAL, Uganda. What a pleasure it was to be with TJ McCloud and his team of artists from, Lipscombs University, USA in Jinja!

The team of seven included artists, photographers, muscians, and others. Their objective was to teach abandoned women life skills. We learnt much as we watched them, in action writing lyrics and actually composing fresh with the women. T.J and Ashley, who are both musicians, with the women, wrote two songs in both Luganda and English. All l the songs were written from scratch.

In the afternoon, TJ and Corey, a DJ and Music producer, worked with Street Children at Child Restoration to come up with Rap lyrics. Psalm Project Africa observed and participated in the exercise of helping the kids write down thier stories or anything else they wanted to say. In the end, the raps were recorded by Corey as the kids had fun exercising their talent. It was a pleasure to explain, teach, and sing with the kids Psalm 24, “The Lord is My life”.

Sing the Psalms in African tunes.