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

Other missionaries stationed at Najo who might have been interested in church music:

  • Rev. Eskil Forslund (SEM; until 1969)
  • Rev. Michael Schultheiß (GHM; 1990s)

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Unpublished songs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, Gustav (1999). Envoys of the Gospel in Ethiopia: In the Steps of the Evangelical Pioneers (Studia Missionalia Upsaliensia 75). Stockholm: EFS förlaget; Addis Ababa: [Ethiopian] Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus. (On the beginnings see p. 328-35).

Nordfeldt, Manfred (1934). Med vägröjare i Gallaland. Stockholm: EFS. [152 pp.; mostly about the pioneer time in 1927]

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).

Online resource on local history

“Nejo“, in: Local History of Ethiopia, compiled by Bernhard Lindahl, 2005 (published on the website of The Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala)