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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Ethiopie meridionale. musique des maale. southern ethiopia. music of the maale
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» Listen to presentation “Musique et culte des ancêtres chez les Maale d’Éthiopie” by Hugo Ferran

Maale Gospel Music (Video)

ኣጊፁዋ ፆዖሲ! Agitsua tsosi
Zigina aso tsosi የማሌ ሶሎ መዘመራን ህብረት

Maale ‘secular’ songs

» Watch selected traditional and contemporary songs

Wolaytta responsorial singing

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Maale culture:

Ethiopian MALE Nation New year (BANTI KASHI) Culture - የማሌ ብሔረሰብ (ባንቲ ካሺ)ዘመን መለወጫ ስርዓት (ባህላዊ ክዋኔዎች)
Ethiopian MALE Nation (DAMI) cultural practice - የማሌ ብሔረሰብ የዉርስ  (ዳሚ) ስርዓት (ባህላዊ ክዋኔዎች)

Maale Bible translation:

(July 2016)

Profiles and Vignettes of gospel musicians

Selam Desta (ሰላም ደስታ) - Hashshu ga tashemppe ሀሹ ጋ ታ ሼምፔ new 2021 gospel song

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.