Non-Amharic Hymn Books

(Arranged by language family and
alphabetical order)

Cushitic

Hadiyya

Galaxxi Mazmuulluwwa (‘Songs of Thanks’). Edited by Ruth Cremer and Belete Loriso. Bobicho: Kale Heywet Church, n.d. [1993].

courtesy Stefan Ritter

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Waa’i galaxxamona: Hadiyyi amma’nnaa’n wixxixxi mazmuulluwwa (‘Thanks be to God: Hadiyya congregational songs’). Edited by Stefan Ritter et al. Addis Ababa: Rehobot Printers, 2013.

courtesy Stefan Ritter

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Konso

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Oromo

With Music Notation

Galata Waaqayyoo (‘Praise God’). Mimeographed melody hymn book. Addis Ababa: Mekane Yesus Seminary, 1980.

Without Music Notation

(1) FORMER LUTHERAN ENTITY

Faarsaa fi Weedu (‘Hymns and Songs’). Edited by Onesimos Nesib. Imkullu (Massawa): Swedish Evangelical Mission, 1886.

courtesy Marianne Nilsson

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Galata Waaqayyo Gooftaa Machaa (‘Praise God, Lord of hosts’).

  • Edited by Martin Nordfeldt. Addis Ababa: Swedish Evangelical Mission, 1935.
courtesy Marianne Nilsson

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  • 2nd edition. Addis Ababa, 1959/60 (1952 AM).

Sagalee Lubbuu Galata Waaqayyof (‘Words from the soul to praise God’). Mimeograph, edited by Lammeesa Bato. n.p., 1970.

courtesy Marianne Nilsson

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Galata Waaqayyoo (‘Praise God’).

  • 1st edition. Addis Ababa: Yemisrach Dimts, 1976/77 (1969 AM).
courtesy Marianne Nilsson
  • 2nd edition. Addis Ababa: Yemisrach Dimts, 1990/91 (1983 AM).
(2) BETHEL SYNODS

Macaafa Faarsa (‘Hymn Book’). Addis Ababa: Bethel Synod Mekane Yesus, 1967 [2nd ed. 1980 ??].

(3) ETHIOPIAN EVANGELICAL CHURCH MEKANE YESUS
(after the accession of the Bethel Synods)

Macaafa Faarfannaa: Galata Waaqayyo (‘Hymn Book: Praise God’). Edited by the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus. Addis Ababa: Bole Printing Enterprise, 1998.

courtesy Stefan Ritter

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Website

Catalog of Oromo worship songs (lyrics, etc.)

Sidama

Sidamu Farsa (‘Sidama Songs’). Hawassa, 1977/78 (1970 AM).

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Somali

Qasiidooyin Ilaah Ammaan Ah (‘Songs of Praise to God’). 50 songs.
Nairobi: Codka Nolosha Cusub, 1993.

Indo-European

English

God Is Here (‘Ïgziabhér ale‘): 15 Songs from Ethiopia. Addis Ababa: The Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, n.d.
[English translation of 13 Amharic and 2 Oromo songs by H. Schönherr with J. and A. Keefer; music transcription by M. Nilsson; mimeograph prepared for the All Africa Council of Churches in 1981.]

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Norwegian

One of Almaz Belihu‘s songs was included in a Norwegian hymn book (name unknown to webmaster).

Swedish

Songs translated into Swedish

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Sources for translation into Amharic and Oromo

The following hymn books served as important sources of the early Amharic hymnals:

  • Sions Sånger (‘Songs of Zion’). Edited by J.C. Holmberg. Stockholm: Röpke, 1744

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  • Den svenska psalmboken (‘The Swedish Hymn Book’), 1819.

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Nilo-Saharan

Anywa (aka Anuak)

Any hymn book?

Gumuz

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Kunama

Anana Kitaba (‘Songbook’).

  • 1st edition. Asmara: Swedish Evangelical Mission, 1903.
courtesy Marianne Nilsson
  • Revised ed. Asmara: The Evangelical Church of Eritrea, 1961.

Nuer

Diit Puɔnyä Kuɔth. 2 vols. in 1. Printed by SIM Press. (No place and date indicated.)

courtesy Stefan Ritter

Omotic

Dawro / Gamo / Gofa

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Kafa

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Koorete

Hoeft, Lydia et al, eds. (20xx). Yoowayte, Wonto nu galatteese! (‘Come, Let Us Praise God’). Published by SIL? [Contains about 200 songs].

Walaytta

Be Osuwon Sebeyteys (‘I Give Praise for His Work’) No place and date indicated. [Book with 40 Christian songs.]

Galatay Tosas (‘Praise God’ [?])

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Semitic

Gurage

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Tegre

Derus Tseyon (‘The Songs of Zion’). Asmara: Swedish Evangelical Mission, 1931.

Tegrennya

Mazmur Salam (‘Songs of Peace’).

  • 1st edition. Asmara: Swedish Evangelical Mission, 1900.
  • 2nd edition. Avesta: The Evangelical Church of Eritrea, 1974.
Courtesy Marianne Nilsson
  • 3rd edition. Avesta: The Evangelical Church of Eritrea, 1981.

Mazmur Emnet (‘Songs of Faith’). ?? [Eritrea], 2004/05 (1997 AM)

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