Mishgida Kale Heywet Choir

Mishgida is a village five kilometres from Durame town in the Mishigida Parish, Kambaata County, former South Showa Region. Alemu Shetta, later General Secretary of Evangelical Churches Fellowship of Ethiopia, and others founded the choir in 1975 since they felt a need for revival and preparation after the beginning of the Ethiopian Revolution. Prayer was most important to the choir; holiness and biblical teachings were foundational.

This choir met every Friday for fasting and prayer and every Saturday for the practice of songs. Every Sunday they sang in different churches and on Wednesday evening they served during the chapel service on the SIM compound in Teza (near Durame). The choir relocated from their original meeting place in Teza to the neighbouring Kale Heywet Mishgida Parish head office in 1976. From the beginning, the choir sang in various Kale Heywet congregations of the Mishigida Parish as well as at spiritual conferences, e.g. the annual conferences held for Kambaata and Hadiyya Kale Heywet congregations on the SIM compound at Teza and the mission conferences on the SIM compound in Bobicho (near Hossana).

Most of the songs were written by the following members of the choir (listed alphabetically): Abebech Mikore, Desta Langena, Kebebush Atebo, Samerew Seso, Tadesse Yohannes and Tesfanesh Yohannes.

Also, the choir sang songs from Addis Ababa Meserete Kristos Choir, Dilla Kale Heywet Choir and Mekanisa Mekane Yesus Choir as well as from solo singers like Tamirat Haile, Tesfaye Gabisso, Dereje Kebede, Tamrat Walba, Shewaye Damte, Agegnehu Yideg, Aster Tona and Addisu Worku.

The main solo singer of Mishgida choir was Kebebush Atebo, while Tadesse Yohannes and Birhanu Ludego accompanied on the guitar and Desta Langena, Eyasu Abuye, Eliyas Herano and Samerawu Seso played the accordion at different times.

Desta Langena