Gidada Solon (Rev.)

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Life and ministry

Gidada Solon [Qubee: Gidaada Solon] was born in Aläqa Sotalo, near Sayyoo [Dambi Dolloo] in 1901.


Marianne Nilsson writes (forthcoming book on Ethiopian Gospel Music, ch. 2):

“Some of the songs [in Macaafa Faarsa] were translations from English and others were new-composed lyrics sung on traditional Oromo melodies, many of them in a responsorial form. The songs were composed before the Italian occupation of Ethiopia (1936-1941) by Qes Gidada, Qes Mamo and other Oromo” ministers.

Songs in hymn book

Macaafa Faarsa (1967; 1980)

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Gidada Solon in 1959
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Gidada Solon and his wife
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Further reading


Gidada Solon, The Other Side of Darkness, ed. by Marion Fairman. New York: Friendship Press, 1972. [German translation published by Köppe Verlag in 2003]

Encyclopedic entries

Balisky, Paul E. “Solon, Gidada”, [Online] Dictionary of African Christian Biography. 2004 [Read online]

Launhardt, Johannes. “Gidaada Solon”, in Encyclopaedia Aethiopica, vol. 2, ed. S. Uhlig, p. 785-86. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2005.

Other secondary literature

Arén, Gustav. Envoys [esp. p. 364, 378, 381, 391-92, 395-96, 498, 509]

Debela Birri. Divine Plan Unfolding: The Story of Ethiopian Evangelical Church Bethel. Minneapolis, MN: Lutheran Univ. Press, 2014.