Multicultural Hymns of Praise
Music is an essential part of the worship experience, in any language.
When we sing Christian songs from other cultures, we enter into their worship experience in a special way.
This page has links to help you find Christian music expressed in the varied languages, instruments and rhythms of the world. Sections include:
Multicultural Hymnals and Books
African and African-American Hymnals
Native American Hymnals
We also have a related page of Spanish Christan Music CDs
Songs of Praise publishes praise songs in Afrikaans, Chinese, Dutch, English, Estonian, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, and Spanish. You can listen online or download MP3 files for personal and nonprofit use.
New Hope Music offers free lyrics and music to Christian praise and worship songs in English and over a dozen other languages, including
Afrikaans, Armenian, Bemba and Chewa, Chinese, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Nepalese, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Shona, Slovenian, Swahili, Tamil, and Tigrigna.
The Multicultural and World Choral Music Home Page has dozens of links with resources and repertoire for international choral music.
We were recently excited to discover the online bookstore offered by the Institute of Bible Translation.
IBT sells hymnals in Chuvash, Estonian, Gagauzi, Georgian, Komi-Zyran, Latvian, and Mari-Meadow. (To find the bookstore at their site, look in their homepage menu for "Stock".)
The Worship Arts Network has an excellent site on ethnic worship music. These are just two of many articles on their site:
Great Commission Worship & Arts Center focuses on ethnic worship and arts.
Multicultural Hymnals and Books
Your purchases from Amazon.com support our ministry. Thank you!
||All the World Is Singing:|
Glorifying God Through the Worship Music of the Nations
by Fortunato, Neely, and Brinneman
Authentic Press, 2006
CD and book with the stories of how new hymns are being written using the music and instruments of local cultures.
||Gather Into One: Praying and Singing Globally|
by C. Michael Hawn
Wm. B. Eerdmans (2003)
Not a hymnal, but a celebration of the contributions made to American hymnals by musicians from Argentina, Taiwan, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Scotland.
||Sounds of Global Worship II
by Heart Sounds
(Available through Operation Mobilization.)
||A songbook, with 100 well-known Christian songs in several languages is available on CD from
Gave.nl, a ministry in the Netherlands that works to help churches serve international refugees.
||Let the Whole World Sing:
The Story Behind the Music of Lausanne II
by Corean Bakke
Cornerstone Press Chicago, 1997
Includes a fine collection of multicultural hymns.
||And Everyone Shall Praise:
Resources for Multicultural Worship
by R. Mark Liebenow and Mark Liebenow
United Church Press, 1999
||Many and Great Songs of the World Church
by J. Bell
Hymn Society of America, 1991
25 sacred songs from 16 countries.
||The Sound of the Harvest:
Music's Mission in Church and Culture
by J. Nathan Corbitt
Baker Book House, 1998
||With One Voice: A Supplement to the 1995 Lutheran Book of Worship
Augsburg Fortress Publishers, 2000
||The Rough Guide to World Music: Africa, Europe & the Middle East
Edited by Simon Broughton
Rough Guide, 2000
Comprehensive guide to (secular) world music
||The Rough Guide to World Music: Latin & North America, Caribbean, India, Asia and Pacific
Edited by Simon Broughton and Mark Ellingham
Rough Guides, 2000
Vol. II of the comprehensive guide to (secular) world music
||Global Voices of Praise: Christian Choirs of the World is a music CD produced in the UK. Though sung in many languages, the music is reiminicent of the cathedrals of Western Europe.
Amazon.com carries over 300 songbooks and hymnals for almost every audience and denomination, including
United Methodist, and many more. Follow any link to Amazon.com and search on keywords to find more selections.
African and African American Hymns
Native American Hymns
A hymnal has been compiled with 300 Persian Christian songs that can used to make transparencies for worship services and house gatherings. They also sell a music CD. To order, contact
Persian World Outreach
Email: pwo1998 @gmail.com
Web Page: www.persianwo.org
Christianbook.com carries thousands of Christian music CDs in English and over 300 in Spanish.
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