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The Colors Of Hope

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„Yes, FETSUM is a magician.“
Evene.fr Le Figaro (FRA)

„...FETSUM delivers globally transcending soulful sounds through his outstanding
THE COLORS OF HOPE album.“
Hypetrak (USA)

„ Soul Crooner, Folk Troubadour or Reggae Chanter? FETSUM is all together and
his album THE COLORS OF HOPE a stunner.“
Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin (DE)


„Overall, this is the best album I have heard this year...“
Blues & Soul Magazine (UK)



After the international debut of his critically acclaimed album THE COLORS OF HOPE in May, the release of his uplifting single WAITIN' FOR YOU in August, FETSUM entirely electrified the audience on his first headline tour
through Germany in September 2012.
In 2013 this modern day ‘Griot’ will continue his journey and spread his unique
sound in the world.
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, but also his background. FETSUM’s parents were Eritrean revolutionists but he was born in Cairo after his mother had to flee because of a battlefield injury. After 18 months they moved to Rome for several years before heading on to Stuttgart, Germany.

It was during these formative years that FETSUM developed his love for music (from Bob Marley to Donny Hathaway and Bob Dylan) and tried to find his own voice – first in German and later in English. "It was a complete rational consideration. I always wanted to reach as many people as possible with my music. My lyrics shouldn't be only understood in these parts but all around the world."

His self declared "Urban Folk" soon proved popular. The German tabloid BILD celebrated his impressive voice and none other than reggae star Patrice began to support him after hearing his music. First by taking him on tour as opening act several times, then as a guest in his own Supow Studio in Cologne. Here FETSUM started to record his debut "The Colors Of Hope". An album rich in years of experience and astonishing maturity. Over the last three years the now Berlin-based musician shared stages with international and national acts like Estelle, K'NAAN, Peter Fox, Soehne Mannheims, Cassandra Steen and - as mentioned - Patrice. These treasures of practical experiences and also the touching story of his own and his family's life fully shine through in this first work.
"The Colors Of Hope" is once again an album you have to hear at a stretch. On the opener "Say Who You Are" FETSUM searches for his own identity in a world which to him isn't defined by country's borders and status symbols, but is always full of hope and the belief in the good in mankind. Even when he criticizes the system and its injustice in songs like "Emotional Android" and "Divided By Thoughts" the positive outweighs at all times. With "Egypt", "Homeless & Free" and "Letters From Damascus" FETSUM adds his very personal stories and tales to this brilliant piece of work. There's rarely music coming out so intimate and life-affirming at the same time. All the more it's recommended to enter the world of FETSUM and to draw hope from his beautiful songs. This voice will find its audience. There's no hope for that - but certainty.

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released May 28, 2012

Supported by the Initiative Musik Non-profit Project Company Ltd. with project funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media on the basis of a resolution passed by the German Bundestag.

Mastering by Bo Kondren @ Calyx Mastering,Berlin.
Product management by Oliver Glage.
Artwork by kuasook. www.kuasook.com
www.fetsum.com / www.sonarkollektiv.com / contact@sonarkollektiv.de


(P) & (C) 2012 Sonar Kollektiv. SK242CD/illicity. LC01200. GEMA. Made in the EU. All rights reserved.

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Track Name: Say Who You Are
I try to get back to my feet But things keep pullin’ me down beneath my dignity Your advice is all I’m asking for But I can hear no reply, are you there or are you gone
A man will tempt his fate Learn painful lessons ’cause he dies to find his way Please, don’t leave me
high and dry Will you tell me the truth ’cause I’ve learned so many lies
Say, say who you are Are you the light in disguise or the night among all the stars Oh, say, say, say, say, say who you are
Let me travel the road where the journey’s its own reward
Time will heal all wounds they say But from where I’m standin’ how long’s the mending way Can you approve my faith
Just give me a sign and my creed is verified
Say, say who you are Are you the light in disguise, or the night among all the stars Oh, say, say, say, say, say who you are Let me travel the road where the journey’s its own reward
Now that I’ve roamed the highs and the lows I know what will keep you alive It’s your belief, yeah, if you believe it Now that I’ve roamed the highs and the lows I know what will make you survive It’s your belief, yeah, if you believe it
Track Name: One People
Come on board we will go on a ride ’long the timeline of history The first stop is the Lincoln Memorial in Washington in ’63 A quarter million had gathered to cash their check for liberty They had to break through, through the narrow confines kept in by inequity It still brings tears to my eyes, when I hear the words of Dr. King And this is how it sounds in my mind when the bells of freedom ring
Movement of all my people
Got a call from my mother that day, she said: “Quick son, turn on the TV! On every channel they are
coverin’ the story – Madiba, Madiba is free!” Now Amos’ river of justice is rolling down as a mighty stream Only hope makes you endure the time, life will need to realize your dream
When he was asked, if he felt any hatred after 30 years of captivity Mandela told them, he abandoned his anger through forgiveness, love and belief
Movement of all my people
See, these are my people My people want freedom Since we are one people One people, one freedom
Movement of all my people
My people want freedom My people want freedom My people want freedom
One people!
Track Name: Trials Of Time
They will mourn when you die But no one cares when alive Her hands hurt from the wheat she’s been grindin’ When she looks at the
picture of a saint in her palm Screamin’ inside: “Help me father, raise my seed. We have been bearin’ this drought all along.
Let your goodness, water our fields. We will not resign, we were born to survive!”
Take us into your arms and we will survive Let us breathe all your love – we will survive In the face of a storm – we will survive Just make us endure the trials of time
She read a sayin’ on the wall – He who doubts, he will fall – But have you seen their innocent eyes They are desperately cryin’
while they’re waitin’ for food Close to demise: “Help me father, raise my seed. We have been bearin’ this drought all along.
Let your goodness, water our fields. We will not resign, we were born to survive!”
Take us into your arms and we will survive Let us breathe all your love – we will survive In the face of a storm – we will survive Just make us endure the trials of time
Track Name: Emotional Android
I wanna be able I wanna be able
Emotional android Natural born hypocrite What you promise you forget You came to earth to make profit
You said there’s nothing in the world money can’t buy Soon as I would pay the price it would be mine
You bought some gold You bought your friends You bought some fun So you’d be delighted But then I saw the tip of your tongue it was divided
Emotional android Natural born hypocrite What you promise you forget You came to earth to make profit
You don’t care about content You’re all about stylin’ You judge a book by its look Not by its writin’
You pimped your walk
You pimped your talk You pimped your nails You even pimped your face You got at least a million friends According to Myspace
Emotional android Natural born hypocrite What you promise you forget You came to earth to make profit
Everything you do is for your personal good Sold your soul for silver and gold Imagine you were adding, but you pressed on delete All of a sudden, all your friends would be gone
Natural born hypocrite Emotional android Natural born hypocrite
I wanna be able to speak my mind every day – everyday, everyday I wanna be able to purify – purify, purify
Track Name: Divided By Thoughts
Let’s build a house for all the people ’Cause everything I know We praise a world, where we’re unequal Divided by thoughts
We gotta bring down these walls
You split the world in good and evil You split it with a sword But don’t you know, that swords are lethal That’s not what I want
I wanna bring down these walls
This is for those, who are in charge of this You choke our souls and make it hard to live
Divided by thoughts We gotta bring down these walls
Track Name: Egypt
I was born by a mosque in Egypt while preachers were cryin’ Mother couldn’t hear my voice that evenin’
she was deaf at that time A young girl at the age of seventeen with ideals in her mind Passed the torch to the next generation giving birth to a child
To her left there were sycamore trees and there were figs to her right She would put a cotton veil on my face just to keep sands from my eyes Along the river Nile a myriad of trials made tears pour like rain
That’s when she whispered humble words to my ears sayin’: “Thanks for savin’ my life”
You took me to the place where the sun is You showed me how to dance in the rain Remember when you said it’s the moment that counts And don’t you worry when your memory fades
She said, she said She said: “Don’t you worry when you memory fades Worry when your memory fades Oh, don’t you worry when your memory fades”
Track Name: Homeless & Free
You dare to walk alone With empty hands A mission in mind What’s left behind was sacrificed Said you’d return, you’d
have to find the source of advice ’Cause you’re concerned witnessofthemoraldemise
You enlight people through your spirit inside You cure the hate of angry minds Treat anyone equally even those who spit in your face For those, for those, for those, for those you pray
You try to explain through the words you speak But the nature of words is incomplete
You picture a world only few can see The wind is your friend on the way
if you’re homeless and free Only the wind is your friend on the way if you’re homeless and free
Track Name: Letters From Damascus
I wanna get to you I wanna get to you I wanna get to you I wanna get to you
Track Name: Waitin' For You
You’ll know my intentions deep in your soul ’Cause every man is driven inside to show you a heart of gold A true revelation requires no proof You will know
You won’t doubt in your mind It is something we’re chosen to do
Waitin’ for you and there’s no question, if it’s wrong or it’s right As sure as the day brings the light For you and I’ll be there, come rain or come shine ’Til the day that our love comes alive
We don’t need to mention There’ll be perils ahead And we know, we have bridges to cross
Let us wait till we get there instead Some say dedication is the fabric of love
We all know, what ignites our hearts It’s the spirit that takes over us
Waitin’ for you and there’s no question, if it’s wrong or it’s right As sure as the day brings
the light For you and I’ll be there, come rain or come shine ’Til the day that our love comes alive
And I’ll be there on the day that you are coming And I will wait until the day that you come running
Track Name: Queen Of My Heart
I woke up on a cloud one mornin’ Felt like a new life was dawnin’ troubles were - so far away So confident to carry on
I – had no fear that I could fall and fall in love – yes, fall in love
You’re the queen of my heart You’re my moon in the night – my candle in the dark Queen of my heart
When you shine all the cold is gone ’Cause you’re the queen of my heart
You’re my moon in the night – my candle in the dark
Queen of my heart Like the sun you will keep me warm
I run my feet through maple leafs I – am looking for a simple lead Absorbed in thought – driftin’ away I wonder what will be your name
I – wonder will you feel the same, the day you’ll come The day will come
Track Name: Birth Of A River
...dreams & distant dialogues...