Ethiopian Music

Aleme Eshete (1979). Songs of the Ethiopian Revolution / Chansons de La Revolution Ethiopienne. Addis Ababa: Ministry of Culture.

Ashenafi Kebede (1971). The Music of Ethiopia: Its Development and Cultural Setting. PhD Dissertation. Ann Arbor: Wesleyan University.

Ashenafi Kebede (1982). Roots of Black Music: The Vocal, Instrumental and Dance Heritage of Africa and Black America. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall. [borrow book on]

Bliese, Loren (1982-83). “Afar Songs”, Northeast African Studies 4 (3): 51-76. [Most of the texts recorded in 1965]

Braukämper, Ulrich, and Tilahun Mishago (1999). Praise and Teasing: Narrative Songs of the Hadiyya in Southern Ethiopia (Sonderschriften des Frobenius-Institutes, 13). Frankfurt: Frobenius-Institut. [Texts recorded 1970-74] [Download, Univ. Frankfurt]

Ezra Abate (2009). “Ethiopian Kiñit (scales): Analysis of the formation and structure of the Ethiopian scale system”, in: S. Ege et al. (eds.), Proceedings of the 16th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies, vol. 4, pp. 1213-1224. Trondheim: NTNU-trykk. [Online version]

Falceto, Francis (2001). Abyssinie Swing: A Pictorial History of Modern Ethiopian Music, transl. by K.L. Albrecht. Addis Ababa: Shama Books.

Falceto, Francis (2006). “Ethiopa: Land of wax and gold”, in: S. Broughton et al. (eds.), The Rough Guide to World Music; vol. 1: Africa & Middle East, 3rd edition, pp. 108-116. London; New York: Rough Guides Ltd. [Google Books]

Ferran, Hugo (2011). “Ethnographie matérielle, sonore et spatiale de la mort en pays maale (Éthiopie méridionale)”, Afriques: Débats, méthodes et terrains d’histoire, 3. [Online version]

Ferran, Hugo (2015). “The Musical Expression of Identity in the Maale Patrilineal Society (Southern Ethiopia)”, Northeast African Studies 15 (1): 35-65. [Abstract]

Ferran, Hugo et al. (2010). “Songs”, in: S. Uhlig with A. Bausi (eds), Encyclopaedia Aethiopica, vol. 4, pp. 710-714. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag.

Fufaa Ambachaa and Kebede Hordofa, eds. (1999). Aster Gannoo: Afoola Oromoo-Weedduu Jaalalaa Oromoo [Aster Gannoo: Oromo Folklore- Love songs]. Finfinnee: Bole Printing Enterprise.

Lange, Werner (1979). Domination and Resistance: Narrative Songs of the Kafa Highlands (Ethiopian Series Monograph, 8). East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, African Studies Center.

Obsa Tegegn (1993). Mammaaka weelluu: Proverbs and love songs from Arssii. Addis Ababa: [publisher not identified].

Perner, Conradin (2011). The Anyuak – Living on Earth in the Sky, vol. 4: A Personal Life. Basel: Schwabe Verlag. [Contains a CD with 41 live music recordings made in South Sudan from 1976 to 1979]

Qashu, Leila (2009). “The Arsi Oromo Society Viewed through its Wedding Music”, in: S. Ege et al. (eds.), Proceedings of the 16th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies, vol. 1 or 2 ??, pp. 272-286. Trondheim. [online version?]

Qashu, Leila (2019). “Singing as Justice: Ateetee, an Arsi Oromo Women’s Sung Dispute Resolution Ritual in Ethiopia”, Ethnomusicology 63: 247-278.

Reinhard, Kurt (1963). “Die Musik der Borana”, in: E. Haberland (ed.): Galla Süd-Äthiopiens, pp. 721-761. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer Verlag. [translation work in progress]

Rukya Hassen (2016). “The Distinctive Features of Menzuma as a Genre of its Own and the Functions it Serve for the Muslim Community of Wollo: An Ethnographic Approach”, Arts and Social Sciences Journal, 7: 190. (Online version)

Shack, William A., and Habte-Mariam Marcos (1974). Gods and Heroes: Oral Traditions of the Gurage of Ethiopia. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Shelemay, Kay Kaufman (1989). Music, Ritual, and Falasha History. 2nd edition. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press. [1st edition: 1986] (Online version)

Shelemay, Kay Kaufman, and Peter Jeffery, eds. Ethiopian Christian Liturgical Chant: An Anthology; vol. 1 (1993): General Introduction and Dictionaries of Notational Signs; vol. 2 (1994): Performance Practice and the Liturgical Portions; vol. 3 (1997): History of Ethiopian Chant (Recent Researches in the Oral Traditions of Music, 1-3). Madison, WI: A-R Editions.

Shelemay, Kay Kaufman, and Cynthia Tse Kimberlin (2001). “Ethiopia”, in: S. Sadie (ed.), The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd edition, vol. 8, pp. 353-361. London: Macmillan.

Simeneh Betreyohannes (2010). “Scholarship on Ethiopian Music: Past, Present and Future Prospects”, African Study Monographs, Suppl. 41: 19-34. [Online version]

Strecker, Ivo (1974). Musik der Hamar, Südäthiopien / Music of the Hamar. Berlin: Museum für Völkerkunde, Musikethnologische Abteilung. [Ethnographic record, with commentary]

Timkehet Teffera (2001). Musik zu Hochzeiten bei den amārā im Zentralen Hochland Äthiopiens (Europäische Hochschulschriften, Reihe 36: Musikwissenschaften. Frankfurt/M.: Peter Lang Verlag. [Revised English online version (1st of numerous files)]

Timkehet Teffera (2016). “Religious Praise Poetry and Musical Rhetoric: The Ethiopian Mänzuma”, in: J. Elsner, G. Jähnichen, and C. Güray (eds.), Maqām Traditions between Theory and Contemporary Music Making, pp. 301-324. Istanbul: Pan Publishing. [Online version]

Villoteau, Guillaume André (1809). “De l’origine et de l’invention de la musique éthiopienne”, in Description de l’Égypte, ou Recueil des observations et des recherches qui ont été faites en Égypte pendant l’expédition de l’armée française, vol. 3/1, pp. 741-754. Paris: Imprimérie Impériale. [Probably the first foreign study of Ethiopian chant; based on his ethnographic research in Egypt]

Wedekind, Klaus (2013). “Gedeo Work Songs in the Context of the Ethiopian Revolution” [Songs recorded by Eliyas Banaata, Kebbede Gaammo, and Peter Lohmann], Ethnorêma 9: 1-36. [Online version]

Woube Kassaye (2002). Analysis of Culture for Planning Curriculum: The Case of Songs Produced in the Three Main Languages of Ethiopia (Amharic, Oromigna and Tigrigna) (University of Joensuu Publications in Education, 76). Joensuu (Finland): University of Joensuu.

Xajjituu Tegegn, ed. (1994). Suunsuma (War Songs) [by] Nageessoo Guba’a, Geerrarsa (Songs of a Hero) [by] Fungulaa Karbammoo. Addis Ababa: n.p.