Purpose 168: Changing the Culture of the Music Industry with Malcom Duplessis

Christianity is in crisis and many of our youth are checking out, for various reasons. Special Guest, Malcolm du Plessis, has seen this coming and has been working the last 5-6 years on an online library for what seems to be the future of what’s going to happen in Christianity and the world. Common Hymnal is an initiative that he has instigated which is basically aggregating creatives and their creativity from what might be called the fringes of the spiritual underground. Join in as Malcolm shares a story about writing a song that traveled the world, and the supernatural impact it made on a couple, and how these kinds of stories has kept him in the music industry for decades. He provides provocative insight into how colonization is inextricably intertwined with the story of Christianity, and you will learn the link between Apartheid and his relationship with America.

Malcolm has straddled the worlds of prophetic Christianity and showbiz for over forty years – ranging from church planter to record company executive; from songwriter to song publisher; from instigator of multicultural, multilingual worship music that fused praise and protest in the era of his native South Africa to artist manager in that same context; from consulting ministries, movements, artists, songwriters, record labels and publishing companies in the Christian arena to helping nurture the top 40 songwriters in the mainstream. He continues to consult for a range of organizations, yet identifies primarily as an underground activist and as a father figure to a growing number of young leaders. One of his priorities is his relentless call for the decolonization of the worship movement and for doors of dignity to be unlocked for more communities and ethnicities to contribute toward the “common” hymnal.


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Bishop Desmond TuTu, as quoted by Malcolm:

“When the white man came from Europe, we had the land and they had the Bible. Then they asked us to pray. But when we opened our eyes, they had the land and we had the Bible.”

Isaiah 49:6

“It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”


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