Today we’re listening to and remembering Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou, an Ethiopian pianist and composer. Sister Guèbrou, whom we’ve featured twice before, passed away on March 25 in Jerusalem at age 99. Born in Addis Ababa in 1923, she studied violin and piano abroad and then returned to Ethiopia, where she became ordained as a nun. From the ‘60s through the ‘90s, she composed and recorded tender, sui generis solo piano pieces. In 2006, 16 of these pieces were collected on Ethiopiques, Vol. 21, bringing her works to a wider audience. Sister Guèbrou left us a foundation dedicated to musical education for underserved communities.
Éthiopiques, Vol. 21 - Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou (70m, no vocals)
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Have a really nice Wednesday.
Obituaries: New York Times, New Yorker, The Guardian
This is beautiful, thank you.
I LOVE the entire Éthiopiques series, but hadn't heard this one. One of my favorite memories is driving back roads in southern Brazil listening and singing along to one of those albums. Thanks!