Seventh-Day Adventist Church

Introduction

The Ethiopian Seventh-Day Adventist (SDA) Church is not a member of the Evangelical Churches Fellowship of Ethiopia, but there is good cooperation with other denominations in some areas, e.g. Bible translation.

In the last century, many songs in the church’s hymnal were translations of hymns from Scandinavia and the USA.

Hymn book

Yeadvéntist yewudasé mezmur (‘The Adventist Hymnal’). Translated English songs with notation. Addis Ababa: Seventh-Day Adventist Church Publishing and Printing, 1982/83 (1975 AM).

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Yesebatenya ken advéntist yewudasé mezmur (‘The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymnal’). Several Ethiopian songs added. Addis Ababa: Artistic Printers, 2011/12 (2004 AM).

Manuscript

» Read manuscript with Seventh-Day Adventist hymns in Hadiyya

YouTube Channels

Adventist Songs Channel (> 1,5 k subscribers)

Ethiopian SDA

Hope Channel Ethiopia (incl. Oromoo songs)

Mercy SDA (> 4 k subscribers)

Choirs

Addis Ababa

Akaki SDA Choir

Kebena SDA Choir

(?) One Way [Adventist?]

Oromia

Gimbi SDA Choirs

Negele Arsi SDA Choir

Shashemene SDA Choirs

Southern Regions

Abonsa SDA Choir

Gimbichu Rehoboth Choir 

Hawassa SDA Choir

Soloists

A

Amanuel Etore [Hadiyya songs]

Ayantu Ejeta [Oromo songs]

B

Beyene Bedicha (Pastor)

D

Degife Tirkaso (Pastor)

E

Eyasu Regasa [Sidaama songs]

M

Mamo Petros, * 1982

Molalign Hailu (Pastor)

P

Petros Tesema


Other remarkable soloists (according to Belayneh Chafamo, 2019):

from North Ethiopia

  • Molla _ _ _ [Anamo?] (moved to the USA)

from Oromia

  • Tesfaye (Pastor) has 2 vols.
  • Girmaye Bayisa (2 vols. ?)

from Kambaata

  • Abera has 2 vols.
  • Desta Anamo

from Hadiyya

  • Ayele (Pastor) has 1 vol.
  • Selamu has 1 vol. [in Amharic]
  • Temesgen has 1 vol.

For further inquiry

Helen Afework Woldemichael
Editor of the SDA hymn book and Director of Choral Music at Forest Lake Academy (Florida)
» Visit Helen Afework’s Facebook page

Eastern Ethiopia Union Mission
» See entry with contact data in Adventist Yearbook

Further reading

Launhardt, Johannes. Evangelicals in Addis Ababa (1919-1991): With special reference to the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus and the Addis Ababa Synod. Münster: Lit Verlag, 2004. [p. 45-48]

Pfeiffer, Baldur Ed. Seventh-day Adventist Contributions to East Africa, 1903-1983. Frankfurt/Main: Peter Lang, 2005.

Truneh Wolde-Selassie. Adventism in Ethiopia: The incredible saga of the beginning and progress of the Seventh-day Adventist work in Ethiopia. Addis Ababa, 2005. [publ. unknown]


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