Tsege-Mariam Gebru (Emahoy)

Life and ministry

Emahoy Tsege Mariam Gebru was born in 1923 with the civil name Yewubdar Gebru. Her parents were Kentiba Gebru Desta and Kassaye Yelemtu. Emahoy Tsege Mariam was a pianist, composer and Ethiopian nun. She passed away in Jerusalem in 2023.

» For an overview of her life and music, see the Bandcamp article by Megan Iacobini de Fazio.


(1) [Tsege Mariam Gebru] spielt eigene Kompositionen. Vinyl released in 1967. [Reissued by Mississippi Records in 2022]

(2) The Hymn of Jerusalem. The Jordan River Song. 1970. [Reissued by Mississippi Records in 2022 as Jerusalem]

(3) Yet My King Is from Old. Church Of Kidane Mehret, 1972.

(4) Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou. CD released by Buda in 2006. (Ethiopia Song: Ethiopiques no. 21)

(5) The Visionary: Piano Solo. Released by Emahoy Tsegue Maryam Music Foundation, 2012.

(6) Emahoy Tsegué-Mariam Guèbru. Vinyl released by Mississippi Records in 2016. (MRP-099)

(7) Souvenirs. Vinyl, cassette and CD released by Modulor Records in 2024. [Recorded between 1977 and 1985; vocal album]


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» Visit website “Emahoy Music Publisher

Audio (commercial and freemium)

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Further study

For Emahoy Tsege-Mariam’s father, Protestant educated Gebru Desta, see article “Gäbrä Égziýabéher Dästa” (Sewasew.com)

Feng, Thomas (2023). Detailed biography of Emahoy Tsege Mariam Gebru [View online]