Companion to Chapter 7

The “Maale’ization” of Wolaytta Hymns from 1960 to the Present: Ambivalences between the Said and the Sung

by Hugo Ferran

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(modified from a map provided by SIL)


(use playlist)

» Listen to presentation “Musique et culte des ancêtres chez les Maale d’Éthiopie” by Hugo Ferran

Maale Gospel Music (Video)

Maale ‘secular’ songs

» Watch selected traditional and contemporary songs

Wolaytta responsorial singing

» Watch videos


Maale culture:

Maale Bible translation:

(July 2016)

Profiles and Vignettes of gospel musicians


Wolaytta Hymnbooks

(?) Musical notations

  • any?

Further reading on Wolaytta evangelists, etc.

Fargher, Brian, ed. Evangelizing Individuals Who Plant Churches: The Biography of Ato Sorsa Sumamo, An Ethiopian Itinerant Preacher Who Spent a Lifetime Evangelizing Individuals Who in Turn Planted Hundreds of Churches. Edmonton (Canada): Enterprise, 2007. [First edition published with the title Bivocational Missionary-Evangelist in 2002]

Krabill, James R. “Encounters: What Happens in Music when People Meet,” in Music in the Life of the African Church, edited by Roberta King et al., 57-79. Waco, TX: Baylor Univ. Press, 2008. [Six common stages of music development; view on Google Books]

Markina Meja Madero. Unbroken Covenant with God: An Autobiography in the Context of the Wolaitta Kale Heywet Church, Ethiopia. Foreword by E. P. Balisky. Belleville (Canada): Guardian Books, 2008.

Mehari Choramo: Ethiopian Revivalist: Autobiography of Evangelist Mehari Choramo. Annotated by B. L. Fargher. Edmonton (Canada): Enterprise, 1997.