Traditional Oromo songs

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cf. types of traditional Oromo music adapted by Rev. Caalii Fufaa

Q: Differences in form (not only content)?

Ateete (women’s ritual songs at special occasions)

Qe'ee Oromoo, Ateetee

Daboo (“Work songs [?]”)


_ _ _ [Orom. terminology?] “Cultural Song”

(Q: Difference to other types of songs mentioned?)


Shororo [corr. Orom. terminology?] “Newborn Children’s song [= lullaby?]”


Geerarsa (“songs of heroes”)
[corr. Orom. terminology for “war songs”? danfa?]

Derege Shumi - Geerarsa (Oromo Music)
Goobee Oromo Cultural Song 2020
Hachalu Hundessa: Geerarsa Ajaa'ibaa! ** NEW 2017 Oromo Music

_ _ _ [Orom. terminology?] (“Wedding song”)

Oromo's traditional wedding

Types of traditional Oromo music / songs not adapted by Rev. Caalii and others:

_ _ _ (any?)

Faaruu loonii (cattle praising”) / _ _ _ horse praising


Love songs


For further study

Anaïs Maro (n.d.). Imagining Oromumma… in music: a history of Oromo nationalism and the birth of Oromo music. Presentation. [read online]

Bartels, L. (1975). “Dabo: A Form of Cooperation between Farmers among the Macha Galla of Ethiopia. Social Aspects, Songs, and Ritual.” Anthropos 70 (5/6): 883–925. [Read online]

Qashu, Leila (2004). La musique dans le mariage Arsi Oromo. M.A. thesis. Paris: Université Paris VIII.

Qashu, Leila (2008). “The Individual and the Group in the Songs of Arsi Oromo Men”, Annales d’Éthiopie 23: 115–133. [read online]

Talilee B. Fiqruu (2018). Reviving Aspects of Ateetee: An Arsi Oromo Women’s Musical Ritual to Empower Women to Protect Their
Human Rights and Participate in Society’s Social and Religious Life
. DMin dissertation. Newberg, OR: George Fox University. [Read online]