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. [Songs recorded 1970-74] [Online version, 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 and 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. [Online version; subscription barrier]

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.

Hewan Semon Marye (2019). “Ityoyawinnät and Addis Abäba’s Popular Music Scene”, Aethiopica 22: 96–123. [Online version]

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.

Mondon-Vidailhet, Casimir (2003). “La musique éthiopienne (réédition du texte publié en 1922)”, Annales d’Ethiopie 19: 149-187. [Online version]

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. [Online version; subscription barrier]

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 [no publisher identified].