The Role of Ethiopian National Theatre Orchestra for the Development of Ethiopian Music during Emperor Haile Selassie I and Derg Regime

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Addis Ababa University


The main purpose of the study was to study the contribution of the Ethiopian National Theater Music Orchestra to the development of Ethiopian music from 1955-1991. The study usedexplanatory research design with quantitative research approach and was conducted by applying three main data collecting methods: primary data, secondary data and observation. In addition to this, key informant interview was applied as a tool to extract the main findings of primary data. In order to fully complete the study, various books written on the subject both locally and internationally were explored to complete the understanding of the study. From the likelihood inspecting strategy to maintain a strategic distance from bias and error simple Random sampling technique were utilized. The basic research questions were created 1) How was the development of the Ethiopian National Theater Orchestra during the era of Emperor Haile Selassie I and Derg Regime 2) How was the skill and skill of the artists of the Ethiopian National Theater Orchestra during the era of Emperor Selassie I and Derg? and 3) what was the major achievement of the orchestra and its later influence on the development of Ethiopian music. A total of 15 people were asked to respond to the key questions of the interview. Key informant interview and secondary data responses were organized and analyzed in depth. Finally, based on the conclusions of the study recommends that, the subject has been reached and the researcher has given recommendations on what and how the Ethiopian National Theatre, the Ministry of Culture and the relevant bodies should do for the next journey.



Haile Selassie I, Haile, Derge Regime, Modern Music