Najo Evangelical Singers

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History and ministry

Najo (Qubee: Najjoo) aka Nejo is located in West Wollega Zone.

Rev. Martin (1898-1976) and Ingeborg (1898-1985) Nordfeldt were working as SEM missionaries in Nekemte and Nejo (about 100 km west of Nekemte) from 1924 to 1936.

1935: revised edition of Onesimos’ hymn book (inluding part of the liturgy since many churchgoers didn’t understand enough Amharic that time.

Revival during the Italian occupation (1935 – 1941/42).

SEM ran two pastoral training courses at Najjoo: 1949-1952 and 1955-1958 (instructors: Lundgren, Arén, Stjärne, et al.); see Magarsaa G., p. 24f

Information about remarkable choir(s) still missing.

Unpublished songs

» Open manuscript with 7 songs of Najo Mekane Yesus Choir

Pictures

Nejo choir, c. 1980

For further study

Arén’s books

Magarsaa Guutaa (2011). From a Humble Beginning to Advanced Standing: A History of Mekane Yesus Seminary [1960-2010]. Addis Ababa: Mekane Yesus Seminary.

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).

SEM material ?