This is going to make me sound ancient, but I remember…
I’m a man with many defects. I love. I sing. I dream. I was born in the poor countryside. I was raised in the countryside, planting cereals and keeping herds. What makes me really happy is a walk in the Ethiopian countryside. A nice sunset, that my countryside – it means I’m home.
I’m obsessed with the countryside: woods, forests, fields, lakes, mountains. I’m really into folk music and folklore. But more so I’m into slow country music. I’m into bands that have both aspects, like ‘Batti’ of Wollo, ‘Chira Watta’ of Tigrai or ‘Azmari’ of Gondar is a perfect example. You could listen to that type of music running through the woods, gathering for traditional ceremony, keeping your herds, cultivating your lands. It’s kind of what I wanted to achieve.
How you live your life is up to you. You have to go out and grab the world by the horns. Rope it before it ties you down and decides for you. For me to live permanently away from the countryside is a form of slow death. That’s why it’s frequently said ‘God made the country, and man made the town.’
When I go out into the countryside and see the sun and the green and everything flowering, I say to myself ‘Yes indeed! all that belongs to me! And I belong there.’