Hymnals go digital as soon as the app launches

Kenneth Kaniu (Second from right), Managing Director of Hallelujah Languages ​​Ltd, shows John Maina, Elizabeth Maina, Wairimu Kaniu and Jackson Maina how the Hallelujah Languages ​​mobile app works during the launch of the app at the Nairobi All Saints Cathedral Church in August. 3, 2022. [James Wanzala, Standard]

Now you can get your favorite hymns anywhere and anytime in a digital version on your smartphone.

This follows the launch of the Hallelujah Languages ​​mobile app, which provides access to hymns from 12 denominations in English and Swahili and five vernacular languages.

Speaking at the launch at All Saints Cathedral Church in Nairobi, Kenneth Kaniu, Managing Director of Hallelujah Languages ​​Ltd, said the idea behind the app is to empower Kenyans to worship and praise in using hymns on their smartphones at their convenience.

“The app digitizes Christian hymns from 12 major denominations and allows people to access the songs from anywhere at their convenience and at any time of the day,” Kaniu said.

Users can download the app from Google Play Store for Android phones while iPhone owners will have to wait a bit longer, Kaniu said. One can also access the app from their social media pages, website or link sharing.

He said praise and worship is now digital and there will no longer be a need to buy hymnals and bring them to church, weddings and funerals where they are commonly used.

Kaniu said the digital version just complements the hard copy, not replaces it, providing more choices for anthem lovers.

The 12 denominations are Full Gospel Church, African Interior Churches (AIC), Catholics, Anglicans, Baptists, Coptic Orthodox, Friends Church Quakers, Lutherans, Methodists, Pentecostal Churches of Africa (PCEA), Salvation Army and Seventh Day Adventists (SDA).

“We started with the 12 but we plan to involve more faiths and people so that we can understand what we are trying to do because it is basically evangelism and trying to ensure that every Kenyan, whether male, female, old or young, rural or urban can access these hymns at their convenience,” he added.

To access songs of all denominations, he said the fees are 5 shillings per day, 30 shillings for one month, 90 shillings for three months, 150 shillings for six months and 270 shillings per year.

“It’s accessible to everyone as long as you have a smartphone. We believe the cost is affordable for everyone and the idea is to ensure that people can get the songs at their convenience in the most cost-effective way” , added Kaniu.

There is also an agency model where one can sign up and whoever downloads the app using the agent code assigned to them, you will be able to earn a commission from 20 Sh per day to 100 depending of the number of users who download and use the application.

The five vernaculars covered by the app are Luhya, Kikuyu, Kisii, Kamba and Luo, with plans for other languages ​​in the works.

The idea also came at the right time for churches that have not gone digital in terms of acquiring screens to project songs during church services.