Aira Evangelical Singers

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History and ministry

Aira [Qubee: Aayiraa] is located in West Welega Zone.

Rev. Dietrich Wassmann was the first German Hermannsburg Mission (GHM; now ELM) missionary there and taught singing classes in European tunes.

Testimonies of evening devotions in huts

  • Q: Availability of Onesimos’ hymn book at that time
    (easier to transport by donkey than full bibles, yet not the main teaching aid for literacy, etc.)?

Hermann Hornbostel served in Aira from 1934-42 and 1951-56.
Hornbostel directed brass choir(s).

M. Nilsson remarks: Original title of Onesimos hymn book (Faarsaa fi Weedu) rejected in Aira since these Oromo words refer to worldy songs.

1954: evangelist course

1961-63: first course at Onesimos Nesib Bible School (now Onesimos Nesib Seminary)

Singers connected to Mekane Yesus choirs in Aira:


albums/ collections
“A” Choir:

[Any audio?]

Lalo Aira, “B” Choir:
🛑KUMAATAMA KEESSAA! Garee Faarfannaa WWWMY Laaloo Aayiraa Lakk. 1ffaa Albama guutuu isaa
Oromo Gospel (Nagaa Ani Si Keessatti Qabu_(Faarfatoota gurmuu :B" W.W.W.M.Y.S.B.D.Laaloo Aayiraa)

» Listen to collection of Aira Choir songs (TV Warra Wangeelaa)




» Watch selected worship services


Rev. Dietrich Wassmann teaching first singing lesson; Aira around 1930/31
(from ELM Hermannsburg Archive; ELM-A 14, adapted)
Rev. Dietrich Wassmann playing the trumpet; Korme 1952
(from ELM Hermannsburg Archive; adapted)
Brass choir at Mission Festival, Addis Ababa 1938.
Among them Rev. Hinrich Rathje and probably Hermann Hornbostel
(from ELM Hermannsburg Archive; adapted)

Further study

Bauerochse, Ernst (1957). Die offene TĂĽr: Beobachtungen und Erfahrungen im Gallaland. Hermannsburg: Missionshandlung Hermannsburg. [Read translated quotes]

Bauerochse, Ernst (2006). Ihr Ziel war das Oromoland: Anfänge der Hermannsburger Missionsarbeit in Äthiopien (Quellen und Beiträge zur Geschichte der Hermannsburger Mission und des Ev.-Luth. Missionswerkes in Niedersachsen, 16). Münster: LIT Verlag. [Google Books]

Elfers, August (1953). Der Zimmermann von Aira. Hermannsburg: Missionshandlung Hermannsburg. [On Hermann Hornbostel]

Nilsson, Marianne (forthcoming). “Spreading the Gospel in Vernacular: Hymn Translation, Composition and Circulation in Eritrea and Ethiopia”, in book on Ethiopian Gospel Music (working title).

Wassmann, Dietrich [senior] (1948). Der Durchbruch des Evangeliums im Gallaland: Ereignisse und Erlebnisse nach dem italienisch-abessinischen Kriege 1936-1941. Hermannsburg: Missionshandlung Hermannsburg. [Read translated quotes]