Ethiopian Gospel Music

Abraham Habte Selassie (1999). Saint Yared and Ethiopian Ecclesiastical Music. Washington, DC: Debre Selam Kidist Mariam Church.

Balisky, Lila W. (2018). Songs of Ethiopia’s Tesfaye Gabbiso: Singing with Understanding in Babylon, the Meantime, and Zion (American Society of Missiology Monograph Series, 37). Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications. [Google Books]

Charter, Vernon (2006). “Contested Symbols: Music, Revolution, and Renewal in Ethiopian Protestant Churches”, EthnoDoxology 3: 1-13. [faculty page]

Damon-Guillot, Anne (2009). “Toucher le cœur des schismatiques: Stratégies sonores et musicales des jésuites en Éthiopie, 1620-1630”, Le Jardin de Musique 6 (1): 65-99. [Online version; p. 127: English summary]

Ferran, Hugo (2012). “Construction nationale et mouvements évangéliques: deux facteurs de professionnalisation musicale en Éthiopie (de 1860 à nos jours)”, Cahiers d’ethnomusicologie 25: 75-92. [Online version]

Ferran, Hugo (2014). “Chanter et dire l’identité. Les ambivalences identitaires des Maale évangéliques de 1960 à nos jours”, Journal des africanistes 84 (2): 124-136. [Online version]

Getachew Haile (1983). The Different Collections of Nägś Hymns in Ethiopic Literature and Their Contributions (Oikonomia, 19). Erlangen: Lehrstuhl für Geschichte und Theologie des christlichen Ostens.

James, Wendy R. (1988). “Uduk Faith in a Five-Note Scale: Mission Music and the Spread of the Gospel”, in: W. James and D.H. Johnson (eds.), Vernacular Christianity: Essays in the Social Anthropology of Religion: Essays in the Social Anthropology of Religion Presented to Godfrey Lienhardt, pp. 130-145. Oxford, New York: Lilian Barber Press. [SIM began mission work in the Sudanese border area in 1938]

Lee, Ralph, and Lila Balisky (2015ff). “Ethiopian hymnody”, in: J.R. Watson and E. Hornby (eds.), Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology. Canterbury Press. [Online version only; subscription barrier]

Nilsson, Marianne (2003). “Evangelical Hymns in Amarinya: The hymnbook Yegubaé Mezmurat, 1881 described and compared with the songbook Mrṯ Mezmurat 1, 1975″, Swedish Missiological Themes 91 (1): 81-172. [Online version]

Nilsson, Marianne (2019). Melodies of Spiritual Songs from Ethiopia: A Consideration of the Tunes in Mert Mezmurat 1-6. Nordingrå (Sweden): Marianne Nilsson Bokförlag. [Purchase at]

Oden, Thomas C., with Curt Niccum (2017). The Songs of Africa: The Ethiopian Canticles. New Haven, CT: ICCS Press.

Peter, Burkhard (1999). Kulturelle Identität und Religiöses Bekenntnis: Synkretismus bei den Hadiyya Südäthiopiens (Perspektiven der Weltmission, 27). Hamburg: Verlag an der Lottbek.

Shelemay, Kay Kaufman (1982).. “Zēmā: A Concept of Sacred Music in Ethiopia”, The World of Music 24 (3): 52-67. [Online version; subscription barrier]

Steinhovden, Jan Magne (2016). “Mäzmur and Zäfän – within and beyond the Evangelical Movement in Ethiopia”, in: E. Ficquet, A. Hassen and T. Osmond (eds.), Movements in Ethiopia, Ethiopia in Movement: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies, vol. 1, pp. 299-314. Los Angeles, CA: CFEE, IEA and Tsehay Publishers. [Online version]

Tesfaye Gabbiso (2010 [2002 AM]). Beziyan gize. Addis Ababa: Mulu Wongel Church. [English publication in process; proposed title: Those Days]

Tibebe Eshete (2010). “Evangelical Christians and Indirect Resistance to Religious Persecution in Ethiopia”, in The Review of Faith & International Affairs 8 (1): 13-21. [Online version; see esp. 18ff, “Gospel Music as Resistance”]

Van de Loo, Joseph, with Bilow Kola (1991). Guji Oromo Culture in Southern Ethiopia: Religious Capabilities in Rituals and Songs (Collectanea Instituti Anthropos, 39). Berlin: Dietrich Reimer Verlag. [Pp. 291-331 contain Pentecostal songs; lyrics according to Robe Sheleta from Gosa Wotiye.]