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.
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)
(?) One Way [Adventist?]
Amanuel Etore [Hadiyya songs]
Ayantu Ejeta [Oromo songs]
Beyene Bedicha (Pastor)
Degife Tirkaso (Pastor)
Eyasu Regasa [Sidaama songs]
Mamo Petros, * 1982
Molalign Hailu (Pastor)
Other remarkable soloists (according to Belayneh Chafamo, 2019):
from North Ethiopia
- Molla _ _ _ [Anamo?] (moved to the USA)
- Tesfaye (Pastor) has 2 vols.
- Girmaye Bayisa (2 vols. ?)
- Abera has 2 vols.
- Desta Anamo
- 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)
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Eastern Ethiopia Union Mission
» See entry with contact data in Adventist Yearbook
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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