Emahoy has written over 157 scores of music. She has published 3 albums on vinyl and two CD’s. It was Ethiopiques 21, published by Buda Musique that made her world famous. She was 85 years old then, and today, even at the age of 93 she continues to play music and has a sharp mind. Her music has touched the lives of many!!! She’s been hailed as a Musical Genius!!!
Here is in her own words what each song meant to Emahoy as she composed them:
- The Homeless Wanderer
The homeless wanderer plays on his flute, while he worries about the wilderness around his life. At night in the mountains, when people and animals rest after the day, one hears the song of a flute which the little wanderer plays, alone and far from home. The wild animals and snakes do not dare approach him, but listen spellbound to the melody his flute produces, which becomes its protector through the power of the notes. This he loses his fear of the nocturnal visitors. They become his friends.
- The Last Tears of a Deceased
Dedicated to m beloved brother, Assayehegne, who died in a car accident at the age of 18. The last sentence of my composition expresses my deep sorrow. “my heart will weep for him all my life.”
- A Young Girl’s Complaint
A young girl complains about the hardships of life. Her sister’s words can give her no comfort. She experiences her tears as a relief from her sorrow.
- The Mad Man’s Laughter
This designation for my composition goes back to a remark my sister made, which when she heard this piece told me that in this music there are the sounds of reverberations of the laughter of a madman.
The presentiment of a heavy stroke of fate. Composed two years before the death of my youngest brother, Assayehegn.
- Mother’s Love
Dedicated to my very dear late mother memory Emahoy Kassaye Yelemtou and her beloved son Lieutenant Meshesha Guebrou fallen as a victim of the Italian War. Everyone knows how Mother’s love is sacrificing itself for the welfare and happiness of the children. Indeed! Mother’s heart is a Fortress of Love.
- The Song of the Sea
Dedicated to the noble memory of my dear father: His Excellency Kentiba Guebrou Desta. The melody of this piece was inspired by a childhood strong impression that lingered in my mind for a whole lifetime. As a child of six years old journeying on a big Paquebot (ship) with my eldest sister W.Senedou Gebrou, we were lying on deck-chairs at the deck of the ship because inside the cabin it was too hot. The sight of the full moon shining on the deep blue cloudless sky, her silvery rays sparkling on the sea waves that looked like a moving silver field, the waves under the soft blow of the wind chasing one after another: that beautiful impressive picture remained stamped in my childish mind, even later in life the sea always had a special attraction to me. Listen…..taking you on her waves on an afar journey….
The name itself reminds every Christian of the holy meaning. This is the place where Jesus Christ died on the cross., so that we may live eternally in His Glorious Kingdom.
- The Jordan River Song
Background! The river flowing relates the sad stories of its surrounding drama.
- The Garden of Gethesemanie
The beautiful and silent Garden where Jesus Christ suffered betrayal by one of his disciples.
- The Song of Abayi
With blessing to my dear nieces Meskerem Assefa and Aster Assefa.
- The Story of the Wind
With blessings to my dear sister Guennet Guebrou and dear daughter Yewbdar Yilma. You know the wind goes around the world and has so many stories to tell…On your leisure hours sit in your garden and listen his story as he is passing by…you will enjoy it.
- Evening Breeze
With blessings to my dear sister W. Senedou Guebrou, and daughter Goh-Alem Assefa, that brings with him vanishing remembrance….
- Tenkou! Why Feel Sorry?
With blessings to my dear nieces Konjit Yilma and Edele Yilma and Family. Song: Why those tears in your eyes? Cheer up, for you are so young….