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A Journey to Ethiopia Inspired Hejira’s New LP, “Thread of Gold”

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Photography by Angela Stephenson Paintings by Miki van Zwanenberg

The second album from London-based group Hejira is, in a way, the result of frontwoman Rahel Debebe-Dessalegne’s attempt to communicate with herself in the wake of her father’s death. “When you go through that loss, it’s so personal and so scary to come outside of yourself and find a way to communicate—even to yourself,” she says. “I was feeling this pull to understand my father and my heritage that I had never felt until that point.” The album’s title, Thread of Gold, subtly underscores that drive. “Thread of Gold symbolizes the connection between us and our loved ones,” Debebe-Dessalegne says.

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