Amburse Amanuel Choir

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History and ministry

Amburse [Had. Amburse’e; Google Map: Amburise] is a northeastern suburb of Shone, Hadiyya Zone.

Grenstedt, Ambaricho and Shonkolla, p. 67:

“[…] the bold indigenous Evangelical preaching by former slave-dealers like Abba Gole became powerful instruments for conversion. He, Ato Shigute and Ato Sabiro are said to have been doing a lot of itinerant evangelism in the region to strengthen the young Christians. […]

There were, however, also other less well-known people, who did a great deal of evangelistic ground work. Ato Daimo Ababo [Braukämper: Daaimo Abbäbä], Ato Ababo Misebo and Abbay Edamo constituted a bilingual Hadiya/Kambata team, who spread their teaching from Amburse (Schone) as far as Doyogena (c. 20 km south of Hosanna). The strategy was to teach Amharic fidels (alphabet) in specially erected grass huts and then give witness to the new faith. [Footnote 50: Ato Daimo counted up to 50 places he had visited (interview 1998.01.31)]”

Amburse became one of the “sevens” (parishes) erected in the 1940s (next to Lemu, Dinika, Densao, Kach, Ashira, and Ilgira. (Grenstedt, p. 82)

Braukämper, History of the Hadiyya, presents the genealogy of Daaimo Abbäbä (p. 429f):

“Daaimo, whose father Abbäbä received an Amharic name, was born around 1915 in Amburse (Baadawwaachcho). In the 1950s [?], he converted from the traditional Hadiya religion (Fandaanano) to Protestantism (Sudan Interior Mission).”

Q: “Bekele Babori” as a resource person?
Cumbers, Count it all Joy, p. 189 quotes his testimony as follows:

“In 1974 I was a student in the Amburssi district, near Shone, Kembata [Province]. We found ourselves in trouble with the government in 1977 over the business of shouting slogans. […] In June 1978 I was arrested in Shone city, along with quite a few other Christians. […]”

Q: Is the “Amanuel” choir (Had. Amaanu’eel ko’ayer) related to

There was a Mulu Wongel choir in Shone already in the 1970s.

Singer who might have known this choir:



Song in hymn book

Waa’i Galaxxamona (2013)

The following songs are from Amaanu’eel ko’ayer:







Further reading

Braukämper, Ulrich. A History of the Hadiyya in Southern Ethiopia. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2012.

Cumbers, John. Count It All Joy: Testimonies From A Persecuted Church. Kearney, NE: Morris, 1995.

Grenstedt, Staffan. Ambaricho and Shonkolla. From Local Independent Church to the Evangelical Mainstream in Ethiopia. The Origins of the Mekane Yesus Church in Kambata Hadiya. Uppsala: Swedish Institute of Missionary Research, 2000. [digital version]