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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:

We also have a related page of Spanish Christan Music CDs

Songs of Praise publishes praise songs in 17 languages, including Afrikaans, Chinese, Dutch, English, Estonian, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, and Spanish. You can listen online or download 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.

Multicultural Hymnals and Books
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All the World Is Singing:
Glorifying God Through the Worship Music of the Nations

by Fortunato, Neely, and Brinneman
Authentic Press
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
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
Music CD

Let the Whole World Sing:
The Story Behind the Music of Lausanne II

by Corean Bakke
Cornerstone Press Chicago
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

Many and Great Songs of the World Church
by J. Bell
Hymn Society of America
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

With One Voice: A Supplement to the 1995 Lutheran Book of Worship
Augsburg Fortress Publishers

The Rough Guide to World Music: Africa, Europe & the Middle East
Edited by Simon Broughton
Rough Guide

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
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 Baptist, Catholic, Episcopalian, Lutheran, Presbyterian, United Methodist, and many more. Follow any link to Amazon.com and search on keywords to find more selections.

African and African American Hymns

African American Heritage Hymnal:
575 Hymns, Spirituals, and Gospel Songs

by Delores Carpenter
GIA Publications

African Songs of Worship
by I-T Loh
World Council of Churches
Book and cassette

Africa Praise: Hymns and Prayers for Schools
by David G. Temple (Editor)

Fill Us With Your Love and Other Hymns from Africa
by Tom Colvin
Hymn Society of America

Asian Hymns

Hymnal Companion to Sound the Bamboo
Published by The Christian Council of Asia (CCA)
315 hymns in 41 Asian languages.

Native American Hymns

Voices: Native American Hymns and Other Worship Resources
by Marilyn Hofstra
Discipleship Resources

Spanish Hymns

Himnos de gloria y cantos de triunfo
by H.C. Ball
Vida Publishing, 1964 - paperback

Himnos de gloria y cantos de triunfo
by H.C. Ball
Vida Publishing - hardcover

Himnos De LA Vida Cristiana
by Ellen Eck
Christian Publications

Christianbook.com carries thousands of Christian music CDs in English and over 300 in Spanish.

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