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Light In A Dark Place - EP

by FETSUM

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Since his debut album in summer 2012 (“The Colors Of Hope“) Fetsum has grown to become an artist, whose goal is to make music with social relevance and is able to provoke to act. The “Peace x Peace”-Festival in Berlin this year, initiated and organized by Fetsum Sebhat reinforces his wholeheartedly involvement for a fairer, more social and more peaceful world.

Looked at it that way it's not a surprise at all that the son of an Eritrean refugee family just wrote a book together with the vice president of the German parliament, Claudia Roth about the current political situation (“So geht Deutschland – Eine Anstiftung zum Mitmachen und Einmischen”). You could almost believe there's no time left for music. But just before Christmas Fetsum finally favours us with his new EP “Light In A Dark Place” and turns its title into substantial action. Just as with the PxP festival, UNICEF children aid projects in Syria, South Sudan, in the Ukraine and in Iraq will be supported with the net revenues. For the EP's six songs Fetsum visited the recording studios of several top shot producers in Great Britain and in the US over the last few months.

“Pass It On” is a beautiful, folky soul ballad with inevitable sing-along effect Fetsum wrote together with Dominic Salole aka Mocky and recorded it with hit producer Justin Stanley. It's also Stanley who produced “Tiger”, a song Fetsum is collaborating on with LA based Harlan Silverman (e.g. guitar player with Mayer Hawthorne). Probably one of the most important songs the Berliner by choice has written in his career is “Refugee”. An anthem which could make Fetsum carry the hope of a whole generation. For this song, no one less than British composer Guy Chambers (Robbie Williams, James Blunt etc.) has helped him out as well as Swedish prouder Martin Terefe. He was also responsible for production duties on “Love Isn't Love” and “Paradise”. Both two songs which get under the skin and spread optimism without ever drift off into cheesiness. A downright call for action is the protest song “Stop For A Minute” for which Fetsum invited a whole choir to the Funkhaus Studios Berlin and which was mixed by the eight time Grammy Awards winner Manny Marroquin.

Fetsum manages with “Light In A Dark Place” to achieve something that not a lot of artists succeeded in: To make music that exactly reflect the Zeitgeist and invites the listeners to play one's part in making this world a little bit better. “I have received a lot during my life”, says Fetsum. “Now it's time to give back a lot”. This EP is certainly not the last thing we will receive as a gift from him in the near future.

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released December 2, 2016

Product management by Oliver Glage.
Artwork by Grook.
Mastered by Oliver Haertel. www.upstairs-studio-berlin.com


(P) & (C) 2016 Sonar Kollektiv. SK334/illicity. LC01200. GEMA. Made in the EU. All rights reserved.
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Of the many words that one might choose to define FETSUM’s long awaited debut, perhaps the most accurate is ‘global’. It’s an adjective that not only summarises the sound that he has fashioned since he first started writing in his early teens, but also his background. ... more

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Track Name: Tiger
Tough for me to name it
My head keeps spinnin’ around
Don’t know what her name is
Her scent knocked me to the ground
Every single moment
Sittin’ here dreamy like a fool
Man I just can’t help it
You know...whoooo

Sweet spirit you’ve stolen my heart
This jungle gets real after dark

Caught a tiger runnin’ from the yellow moon
When I woke up she’d already left the room
Doo-doo-wah-deewee-doo...
I can’t find out why she’d have to go
Doo-wah-deewee-doo
If I find her I won’t let her go

I just keep on searchin’
Roamin’ these streets all alone
She just left me traceless
Like a stone that you throw

Sweet spirit you’ve stolen my heart
This jungle gets real after dark

Caught a tiger runnin’ from the yellow moon
When I woke up she’d already left the room
Doo-doo-wah-deewee-doo...
I can’t find out why she’d have to go
Doo-wah-deewee-doo
If I find her I won’t let her go

I won’t let her go
If I only knew where she hides in the night
Like a shadow I would go...ooohhh

Caught a tiger runnin’ from the yellow moon
When I woke up she’d already left the room

2x
Doo-doo-wah-deewee-doo...
I can’t find out why she’d have to go
Doo-wah-deewee-doo
If I find her I won’t let her go
Track Name: Stop For A Minute
Tell me what on earth can we do now
Let us stop for a minute
’Cause I think this world is goin’ crazy
Tell me what on earth can we do now
Let us stop for a minute
’Cause I think this world is goin’ crazy

Let’s break it down and simplify it
’Cause all we want’s to lead a happy life
The world is at war fundamentally changin’
And draggin’ broken hearts into piles
With this future we’re facin’
How should I just raise a child
Out of all that we’re praisin’
The offspring should be love and life

Tell me what on earth can we do now
Let us stop for a minute
’Cause I think this world is goin’ crazy
Tell me what on earth can we do now
Let us stop for a minute
’Cause I think this world is goin’ crazy

They’re plowin’ us with bad news now
’Cause they know that fear’s a fertile ground
We’re changible tools servin’ greed and privation
And follow those whose vessels sound the loudest
In more than two-hundred nations
Seven billion can’t be fooled
We gotta take the occasion
To stop before we start it anew

Tell me what on earth can we do now
Let us stop for a minute
’Cause I think this world is goin’ crazy
Tell me what on earth can we do now
Let us stop for a minute
’Cause I think this world is goin’ crazy

Crazy, goin’ crazy
Haaa... Hey-Yooo...

4x
Live in this world that we made
Hide but we cannot escape
Everyone’s searchin’ and yearnin’ and thirstin’ and cryin’ for love, love
La-la-la-love-love-love-love-la-love
Track Name: Pass It On
Make a mistake
Do something right
See one day
You’ll be just fine
Whatever it is
It will be ok
Love will never be the one to lead you astray

Pass it on
Pass it on
I’ve been waitin’ for your love for way to long
Pass it on
Pass it on
By the time it hits you it’s already gone

Why is it always
So hard to embrace
Instead of pullin’ closer
We turn our face
I tried to ignore it
But that was a waste
Tears have washed away the steps on the road you have paved

Though we may change
My heart will always beat the same

Just pass it on
Pass it on
I’ve been waitin’ for your love for way to long
Pass it on
Pass it on
By the time it hits you it’s already gone

4x
Ooohhh
I guess this is what it’s like seein’ an angel, angel

Seein’ an angel
Seein’ an angel

Lalala...
Track Name: Refugee
The presence of a memory
Tangible yet far away
Revisiting our history
Echoes of yesterday
I always felt our ways would part
The lack of trust despite the love
To similar to complement
Wish I could hold your hand
’Cause you belong to me
But do I belong to you

I’m a refugee
Without you in my life
I got nowhere to run and nowhere else to hide
I’m a refugee
Without you in my life
I got nowhere to run

I wanna praise you
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Just love and praise you
Yeah, yeah, yeah

It’s not because we’ve never tried
The gravity of sleepless nights
Our love was like a mystery
A storm over silent seas
A lonely road with empty signs
There’s no-one to blame this time
They say that truth will set you free
I’m asking you honestly
Do you belong to me
And do I belong to you

I’m a refugee
Without you in my life
I got nowhere to run and nowhere else to hide
I’m a refugee
Without you in my life
I got nowhere to run

2x
I wanna praise you
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Just love and praise you
Yeah, yeah, yeah

I’m a refugee
Without you in my life
I got nowhere to run
Track Name: Love Isn't Love
I travelled all my life not knowing where to go
Strangers along the way made the road my home
I’ve been filled with loneliness
Had my share o’ pain
Realized the more things changed
The more they stay the same

You can hold on to a feeling
Drown yourself in doubt
And never let it out
You can be it
And believe it
Don’t save it for a rainy day
Love ins’t love until you give it away

2x
Love isn’t love
Love isn’t love
Love isn’t love
Love isn’t love until you give it away

I’ve searched for answers to help me understand
My weakness is my strength it made me who I am
I’ve come from losing everything
And I know for a fact
That once you learn to give your heart
You’ll get it all back

You can hold on to a feeling
Drown yourself in doubt
And never let it out
You can be it
And believe it
Don’t save it for a rainy day
Love ins’t love until you give it away

2x
Love isn’t love
Love isn’t love
Love isn’t love
Love isn’t love until you give it away

Oh, oh, oh

I’ve taken many turns
And most oft hem were wrong
When I look into your eyes
I know where I belong




You can hold on to a feeling
Drown yourself in doubt
And never let it out
You can be it
And believe it
Don’t save it for a rainy day
Love ins’t love until you give it away

4x
Love isn’t love
Love isn’t love
Love isn’t love
Love isn’t love until you give it away
Track Name: Paradise
Hands in the rifle
Swears on the bible
Deep underwater
Duckin’ for cover
Drownin’ what everyone dries
Tired oft he nine to five
Kisses his child goodnight
Prays for a better life and hops on the red eye

2x
This is paradise
This is paradise
This is paradise
Say what you want but all that we got is this

She looks in the mirror
Cried her eyes clear
Hopeless beyond believe
Too many mouths to feed
They carpet the hallway
Those unpaid bills
Lost in the rubble day after day
Always a foot from the dream

2x
This is paradise
This is paradise
This is paradise
Say what you want but all that we got is this

Da-da-da-da-da
Da-da-da-da
Say what you want but all that we got is this
Dee-dee-dee-dee-dee
Da-da-da-da
Say what you want but all that we got is this

Born in the middle
Struck on the edge
They try to change your heart
But you hold on to who you are
You silence the city
To your favourite song
When life’s ’bout to break you
Music will save you and it’ll keep you warm

4x
This is paradise
This is paradise
This is paradise
Say what you want but all that we got is this