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The Ethiopian 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 US.
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).
» Read manuscript with Seventh Day Adventist hymns in Hadiyya
Adventist Songs Channel (> 1,5 k subscribers)
Hope Channel Ethiopia (incl. Oromoo songs)
Mercy SDA (> 4 k subscribers)
(The following information is mainly from Hadiyya Bible translator,
Belayneh Chafamo, 2019):
Beyan [= Beyyan? Beyene Bedicha?] (from Kambaata;
started 1984 AM; 5 Amharic cassettes)
Desta Anamo (from Kambaata)
Molla _ _ _ [Anamo?] (North Ethiopia, now US)
Other well-known choirs:
- Arus (Oromiya)
- Gimbichu (Hadiyya)
Other well-known soloists (according to B. Chafamo, 2019):
- Abera (from Kambata) has 2 vols.
- Pastor Tesfaye (Oromo) has 2 vols.
- Aman (Hadiyya) has 1 vol,
- Selamu (Hadiyya) has 1 vol. [in Amharic]
- Temesgen (Hadiyya) has 1 vol.
- Pastor Ayele (Hadiyya) 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)
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Eastern Ethiopia Union Mission
» See entry with contact data in Adventist Yearbook
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