Seventh Day Adventist Church (SDA)

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Introduction

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.

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

(The following information is mainly from Hadiyya Bible translator,
Belayneh Chafamo, 2019):

Addis Ababa

Akaki SDA Choir

Kebena Adventist Choir

Oromia

Gimbi Adventist Choirs

Negele Arsi Adventist Choir

Southern Regions

Abonsa SDA Choir

Hawassa SDA Choir

Soloists

Eyasu Regasa

Mamo Petros

Beyan [= Beyyan? Beyene Bedicha?] (from Kambaata;
started 1984 AM; 5 Amharic cassettes)

Desta Anamo (from Kambaata)

Molla _ _ _ [Anamo?] (North Ethiopia, now US)

Remarks

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)
» Visit Helen Afework’s Facebook page

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

For further reading

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