This website started as a companion to a forthcoming book on Ethiopian gospel music edited by Tibebe Eshete, Samuel Deressa, et al.

Ethiopian Gospel Music Net is here to

  • provide additional information on Ethiopian gospel singers and groups
  • offer hymn books and gospel songs [መዝሙር] for online reading respectively listening
  • stimulate research and publications on Ethiopian gospel music
  • facilitate networking of students and practitioners

Use the menu at the top of the page to access profiles of groups and soloists. The tab vignettes leads to an overview of gospel musicians of whom we do not yet have profiles, but only some impressions. The resources section contains scans of songbooks and unpublished hymns, bibliographical references and internet links.

For an introduction to Ethiopian gospel music of the 20th century, we recommend excerpts from Tibebe Eshete’s 2009 book, The Evangelical Movement in Ethiopia.

Theme Verse

O sing to the Lord a new song,
    for he has done marvelous things.

(Psalm 98:1, NRSV)