Singers with multiple adherences

… work in progress …

Secular / Sacred Music

Persons with a former career in “secular” performing arts

Abitew Kebede (Pastor)

Hirut Bekele

Melesse Mergia

Muluken Melesse

Seyoum Gebreyes

Tefera Negash

Tibebu Workiye (Pastor)

Tirunesh Yimer

Zeritu Kebede

Persons who had served as gospel singers

Elias Melka

Religious / Confessional Borders

There is a certain denominational “mobility” within the evangelical movement. These denominations make use of a similar set of gospel songs.

The Ethiopian Orthodox Church, the Catholic Church in Ethiopia, the Anglican Church, the Seventh Day Adventist Church and Oneness Pentecostals, on the other hand, have their own hymns. Of course, this also applies for other religions in Ethiopia (e.g. Islam and Judaism).

It is worth studying which musical developments occur in areas with interreligious contacts or when musicians change their confessional adherence.

Contact-Induced Changes in Music

Nowadays, many Ethiopian Christians live in North America, South Africa, Europe and the Middle East. At the same time, the media brings the music of other countries to Ethiopia.

Additional studies on the musical processes in these “zones of contact” would be desirable (e.g., on the formation of multiple belongings, assimilation and/or dissimilation in gospel music).

Dawit (Danny) Wolde

Ahavah Gospel Singers


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