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Abstract This essay discusses the Asaphs of Seraph, a Yoruba Christian organization based in the United States whose primary activity consists of holding an annual convention for current and former members of Cherubim and Seraphim churches in Nigeria. I examine how the Asaphs of Seraph use musical performances and media to circulate Yoruba Christian forms of practice and subjectivity. Through an analytic focus on processes of mediation and circulation, I explore how the Asaphs of Seraph produce and maintain diasporic consciousness and community through the use of religious music.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Religion, University of Vermont 481 Main Street, Burlington, Vermont 05405 (802) 656-3901 vicki.brennan@uvm.edu

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Abstract This essay discusses the Asaphs of Seraph, a Yoruba Christian organization based in the United States whose primary activity consists of holding an annual convention for current and former members of Cherubim and Seraphim churches in Nigeria. I examine how the Asaphs of Seraph use musical performances and media to circulate Yoruba Christian forms of practice and subjectivity. Through an analytic focus on processes of mediation and circulation, I explore how the Asaphs of Seraph produce and maintain diasporic consciousness and community through the use of religious music.

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