Ethiopian Nun, 90, Is Newly Discovered “Musical Genius”
Above: pianist and composerÂ Emahoy TseguÃ©-Mariam GuebrÃ¹ (video by Omer Gefen)
A cloistered Ethiopian Orthodox nun has been brought into the spotlight after an Israeli musician discovered reams of her original musical compositions, many of which will be premiered todayÂ according to Britain’sÂ Daily Mail.
Emahoy TseguÃ©-Mariam GuebrÃ¹, 90, has spent the last 70 years as an Ethiopian Orthodox nun, praying and writing music, much of which she set aside in plastic bags. As a young adult,Â GuebrÃ¹ had been admitted to study at one of London’s music schools, but Ethiopian officials forbade her to leave in the face of political turmoil in her home country.
Israeli pianist and singer Maya Dunietz learned ofÂ GuebrÃ¹ when Dunietz’s husband bought a CD of some ofÂ GuebrÃ¹’s music. Dunietz, who lives in Jerusalem, learned that GuebrÃ¹ lives in the Ethiopian Orthodox convent in Jerusalem andÂ tracked her down.
Dunietz has since collectedÂ GuebrÃ¹’s music into a book and has organized a series of concerts, the first of which takes place today.
Read more:Â Ethiopian Nun, 90, Who Has Spent Her Life in a Convent Is Revealed To Be a Musical Genius (Daily Mail)