Argao musician Beda Ernsberger, 42, found his happiness in love in Ghana
Mivia teaches me to live without an agenda
17 years ago, Aargau drummer Beda Ernsberger fell in love with the 39-year-old African Maivia in Accra. Now he is well known there – also because he gives music lessons to street children.
Publication date: 06/10/2022 at 00:32
It’s been in our ears since last Friday – the catchy African anthem that made us reflect on the start of season five of “Hin und weg.” In five episodes, SRF with Mona Vetsch (46) tells the story of Swiss musician Beda Ehrensperger (42), who found his boundless love in Ghana. His song “Why did you leave me” sounds longing, but also a bit sad. He wrote the song before deciding to leave the village of Datwill in Aargau for Ghana with his African wife, Maivia (39). He wanted to put a smile on her face and start a new life in Accra, the capital of Ghana, in 2019.
I broke out while dancing in the club
The two broke out at a club there 17 years ago. The multi-instrumentalist took drumming lessons in Ghana for a year. The two danced all night long. “It always takes two people to kiss – but her mouth was with me first,” Ernsberger recalls with a laugh. “We love each other and we love each other,” Maivia says. We are like magnets that attract each other.”
Meanwhile, the two settled in Ghana. Maivia bought a plot of land on the outskirts of Accra 15 years ago, on which the two built a cultural center with a restaurant and hotel. They have two sons: Evan (10 years old), the youngest, is an ardent drummer like his father and has his own YouTube channel. Levine’s oldest son, 15, initially had trouble leaving Switzerland. Then we fulfilled his wish for a dog – and today he too happily arrived in Ghana.
A life without an agenda
The musician says, “If you marry in a different culture, things will go differently. It takes you out of your comfort zone, but that’s what makes life so exciting.” He learned from Mefia not to always plan for the day, “but to live more in the moment without always having an agenda.”
The heart of Beda Ernsberger is his music school for street children, which relies on donations. Attached is a training room and studio.
“Mivia’s love has deepened,” says the musician. We are a great team. She takes care of the bar and the hotel – and I am in the studio and on stage a lot.” Ernsberger often appears with Otongo Zimba (55), who belongs to the country’s religious sect. So the Swiss musician not only found his great love in Ghana – but also laid down his roots The musician is about to become a star here.
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