Almaz Belihu

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Introduction

aka Almaz Belhu

Almaz probably lives in the US.

Seems to have been 16 years old when submitting her song around 1970 (year of copyright according to the “Lutheran Service Book” of the LC-MS.

Almaz had several other songs; “What kind of love is this” and “Let me travel with you” were great favorites of [Grace Bible Institute] students in Jimma in the 1970s (L. Balisky).

Q: Has Almaz been a student at Light of Life Girls’ School Choir?

Songs in hymn books

Kelïb inïzemïr (1972)

14 songs use the name of Almaz Belihu (either text, music or both)

Sebhat LaAmlak (1973)

No. 56 (English and Norwegian version see below) and
no. 246

Səbhat laʼamlak (2007)

No. 50, 382.

Wedasé Amlak (n.d.)

vol. 1, p. 1 (“When I behold Jesus Christ” in Amharic)

Mezmur bepiano (1996/97)
(Ed. Yigezu Desta)

p. 83 (“When I behold Jesus Christ” in Amharic)

God is Here (1981)

Lutheran Service Book
(Ed. Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.
Saint Louis, MO: Concordia Publ. House, 2006)

“When I Behold Jesus Christ”, No. 542, Stanzas 1-3.
[Stanza 4 by Joseph Herl]

Set free: A collection of African hymns.
(Ed. Howard S. Olson. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1993.)

Howard S. Olson, a Lutheran missionary in (today’s) Tanzania,
used Almaz’s tune when publishing the song No. 24,
“When Jesus worked here on earth.”

This songs was republished in other hymnals,
including the Catholic Ritual Song, No. 797.

Norwegian hymn book (N.N.)


Virsikirjan lisävihko
(Helsinki : Lasten keskus ja Kirjapaja Oy, 2016.)

No. 907 (“When I behold Jesus Christ” in Finnish)

Audio

Video

With lyrics:

Finnish version: