Sewero!: Christian Drama and the Drama of Christianity in Africa: on the Genesis and Genius of Chinyanja Radio Plays in Malawi, with Special Reference to Trans World Radio and African Traditional Religion ; with a Foreword by Patrick Semphere

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Kachere Series, 2005 - Christianity - 294 pages
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This book explores and describes the genesis, historical development and genius of Chinyanja radio plays in Malawi, with reference to African traditional religion. It analyses the key subjects that feature in the Sewero productions: magic, witchcraft, sorcery, marriage, family life and sexuality. The author concludes by making some recommendations regarding adaptations of Sewero to different media and modes of expression, and for translations and new programmes in other African languages. The introduction is provided by Patrick Semphere who is the National Director of TransWorld Radio (Malawi).

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Contents

1 The Radio StacrA fheatre of tke Mind and Heart
22
History purpose and production of the IWR sewero program
42
The Topics Texts and Contexts of Sewero Dramatic Performances
98
The Dynamic StylisticRhetorical Features of Sewero Drama
148
Anatomy of a Drama Against the Diabolical
201
Masewero in
231
Bibliography
264
TWR Mission Statement and Specifics of Ministry
273
Annotated Translation of a Sample Sewero Sermon Testimony
279
A Comparison with Medieval Miracle Mystery Plays
287
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About the author (2005)

Ernst R. Wendland was recently appointed as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Ancient Studies at the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa).

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