Tadesse Eshete

… Work in progress …

Tadesse Eshete was born in Addis Ababa in _ _ _ (year)? . He became an Evangelical Christian at the age of 14 [ _ _ _Q: Details?]. Soon after, he started to sing gospel songs of contemporary singers. Tadesse had memorized the songs published on the first four cassettes of Tesfaye Gabisso as well as songs from Dereje Kebede.

Tadesse’s parents, however, opposed his new faith and expelled him from home. At the beginning of his singing ministry, the teenager used to spend the night in a bus station, for there was nobody to give him shelter. One of his famous songs reflects Tadesse’s early experience of being homeless. It says, “The Place is dry and wilderness. Yet its inside is full of beauty and roses. We will come to you with joy and happiness. We will come before you with our songs.” This song encouraged many Christians who experienced persecution and other hardships during the Ethiopian Revolution.

Tadesse’s voice and his playing of the traditional Ethiopian stringed instrument called kirar appealed to many listeners. They began to invite him to sing at their home worship services, whole night prayers, school fellowships and, if possible, congregational meetings. Sometimes he served at four or five places, spending the whole night singing. Tadesse sang not only in Addis Ababa, but received invitations from many other places in Ethiopia [e.g., _ _ _ (if possible, please give two examples with place and year)].

Tadesse began to sing because he loved his Lord. His gospel songs are known for their biblical content and simplicity, making it easy for his listeners to join him in song. Tadesse’songs became a catalyst for the worship services of the evangelical churches of his time in Ethiopia. He even made Kenya and Djibouti a second home as the Ethiopians who lived there often invited him. (Q: in which years? The 1990s?).

Having stopped singing as a soloist in _ _ _ (year?), Tadesse became a business person importing goods from India. In _ _ _ (year?) Tadesse became the pastor of “Source of Life Evangelical Church”.

(Q: How come he started full-time ministry?)

He went to be with the Lord in _ _ _  (year ?)

Daniel Teshome


(1) የታረደው በግ (Yetaredew Beg; ‘Praise to the Lamb [of God]’). Cassette recorded by _ _ _ and released by _ _ _ _ . Addis Ababa, _ _ _ (year).

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(2) መፈታቴን አውጃለሁ (Mefetatien awejalehu, ‘_ _ _ ‘ [Engl. translation]). Cassette recorded by _ _ _ and released by _ _ _ _ . Addis Ababa, _ _ _ (year).

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(3) _ _ _ _ (_ _ _, ‘_ _ _ ‘ [Engl. translation]). Cassette recorded by _ _ _ and released by _ _ _ _ . Addis Ababa, _ _ _ (year).

Overview of songs

The following songs are included on Tadesse’s cassettes:

The songs that have most influenced the worship renewal in Ethiopia are probably these:

Ebenezer; Yehayalan Hulu Hayal Yehonkew; Mefetaten Awjalhu; Yetaleeleltaw Chibchebaw; Yehun Gide Yelem Etebkalehu; Yeegziabhere Miheretu Bizu; Yetaredew beg Misgana Yederesew; Mesheshegiya washa; Egziabheren Tebeke Alafrehugnem; Gena Getan Enayalen Bedel Bemesegana; Beleqeso Zeren Zereten Nebere; Sele Bizu Mehereteh Chereneteh.

Audio (YouTube)

Vol. 1
Vol. 2
Vol. 3


For further reading

Daniel Teshome (2020). የታደሰ እሸቴ ግለ-ታሪክ (አጭር የሕይወትና የአገልግሎት ታሪክ) (‘Biography of Singer Taddese Eshete’). Kindle edition.

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Daniel Teshome (2020). የታደሰ እሸቴ ዝማሬዎች (የዝማሬ ግጥሞች) (‘Songs of Singer Taddese Eshete’).

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Interview in Heywet Magazine (details? Year, pages, …?)