Tsegaye Habteyimer was born in Adama (formerly known as Nazaret), Oromia Region, in 1950. His parents were members of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church. After coming to Addis Ababa for the study of Mechanical Engineering in 1968, he befriended some Christian students and joined with them and became a member of Meserete Kristos Church. Tsegaye became a member of AAU Christian Students‘ Fellowship Choir and started to write gospel songs and sing as a solo singer in 1969. Having learned from Solomon Araya how to play the guitar, the two accompanied the choir together instrumentally.
Tsegaye Habteyimer worked in the government office at Combolcha Textile Factory. Later he moved to Addis Ababa and worked in the light bulb factory owned by Ethiopia’s richest person, Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Ali Al-‘Amoudi. Mr Tsegaye was an active member of Addis Ababa Meserete Kristos Church until he passed away in 2015.
(1) እዩት ኢየሱስን (Iyuut Iyesusin, ‘Look at Jesus’), a solo cassette with his old gospel songs; published and distributed by Addis Ababa Meserete Kristos Church. Addis Ababa, 2007.
Q: Picture of cassette?
Songs in Hymn Books
Several of the songs included in this hymn book of the AAU Christian Students’ Fellowship Choir are from Mr Tsegaye.
God is Here (1981)
Səbhat laʼamlak (2007)
No. 55, 134, 438 are English hymns translated by Mr. Tsegaye.
At that time, the AAU Christian Students Fellowship Choir mainly used the original English tunes. However, no. 55 is adapted from a Yaredic melody.
Səbhat laʼamlak (1973)
No. 57, 102, 328.
(Tsegaye can be found on the picture of AAU CS Fellowship Choir in the back row [behind two female singers]).