© 2013 Aline Håkestad
- Longing for Ethiopia -
Many years ago I heard the soft tunes of Mulatu Astatke for the first time. Those soft rhythms that linger into your body would soon lead me to a a new country which I would thoroughly fall in love with, in spite of it being so different from my motherland.
It would take me two visits to Ethiopia and six years before I came to meet the man who, unknowingly, brought me to this beautifully chaotic land. On a cold October night in Oslo I could finally tell Ato Mulatu about the influence his music had, and still has, on the course of my life. Our meeting ended up in laughter, a warm hug and a vinyl record with the following inscription in Amharic; “To Amina, from Mulatu”. The fact that my name is Aline made no difference to the utter joy I felt as I took the midnight bus home holding my signed vinyl record as close as I could.
Ethiopia, I am so glad that I met you.