“Mama, I’m Coming Home”
The title of this article refers to a song by Ozzy Ozbourne and is one that was recently covered by Marvi Vallaste and Kristjan Kasearu, well-known Estonian singers during their recent visit to perform for the Estonian troops in Helmand. Reporting on this is Captain Georgi Kokoshinski, Press Officer for the Estonian Army. In his own words, Georgi describes this event.
Current Estonian contingent in Afghanistan is about to end its six months tour in Helmand and prepare to return home in May. To boost the morale of troops who have served in Southern Afghanistan, two Estonian pop singers and musicians gave a concert in Camp Bastion and Patrol Base Wahid.
Among Estonians most well-known entertainers are Marvi Vallaste and Kristjan Kasearu who performed on Thursday in Camp Bastion on an improvised stage that was set in a vehicle maintenance tent. Besides Estonians the concert was attended by British troops and the United States Marines.
The singers gave a concert lasting over an hour. In addition to performing Estonian songs, Kristjan Kasearu performed Ozzy Osbourne`s “Mama, I’m Coming Home” that reminded for troops the approaching end-of-tour date.
The second concert was given on Saturday in Nad-e Ali north in Patrol Base Wahid where Estonian Infantry Company is serving. For troops the concert was a chance to take a brief brake and clear the mind.
“We want to thank and express the support to our troops for the hard work they are doing in Helmand,” said Kristjan Kasearu.
“It`s my second time to perform for deployed troops and I`m very pleased to do this again. It was nice to meet and talk with our troops. They are professionals,” said Marvi Vallaste.
Most of the 164 Estonian troops in Afghanistan are based in Patrol Base Wahid and surrounding checkpoints in northern Nad-e Ali, where they have worked past six months alongside British troops from 3rd Battalion the Parachute Regiment to drive out insurgent elements, restore peace and stability to communities, and develop the capability of Afghanistan’s own armed forces.