Experience the “Peace x Peace” Allstars-Band, initiated by the musician Fetsum, with amazing artists like Patrice, Y’Akoto & Frank Dellé. Setting a signal for global solidarity. It represents the multiplication factor “POP“ in the sense that popular artists help building a humanitarian bridge between a politically unpopular issue and the increasing number of concerned global citizens.
Born in Berlin, son of a Ghanaian doctor and a German nurse, Dellé grew up in both Ghana and Germany, before moving back to his birth city, where he completed his degree as a Dipl. Film Sound Engineer. Being one of Seeed’s front vocalists since founding days, he has played the biggest stages around the world. After ten years the band decides to take a break, which Dellé uses to kick off his solo career. His recent album, “Neo”, is a snap-shot of an artist who has grown more than just musically over the last years. With “Neo”, Dellé redefines urban reggae and audibly shows us that not everything has to be revived – there is plenty of room for new, dynamic, urban, modern, strong and durable music.
Looked at it that way it’s not a surprise that the son of an Eritrean refugee family wrote a book together with the vice president of the German Parliament, Claudia Roth about the current political situation. You could almost believe there’s no time left for music. But Fetsum’s latest EP “Light In A Dark Place” 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 are 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 the US. He manages to make music that exactly reflects the Zeitgeist and invites the listeners to play one’s part in making this world a little bit better.
Patrice writes and performs music that creates movement – in both senses of the word: It inspires listeners to move, onto the dancefloor and out of comfort zones. Son of a legendary African writer and a German mother, Patrice lives in Paris, NYC and Cologne. His music combines political with artistic statements based on a rich musical history ranging from Nina Simone to Bob Marley. Recent Single “Burning Bridges” is a call to action (“We were born in an open war, can’t remember how it was before”), co-produced by Diplo (Major Lazer, Beyonce) and the Picard Brothers. A good introduction to the current album “Life’s Blood”.
Y’akoto’s urbane music is the kind that dares to galvanize, to wake up, to rub up things the wrong way. “Mermaid Blues” is the title of her new, third album. It is said that mermaids are utterly self-determined as much as they’re unpredictable – both characteristics that can be accredited to the 29-year-old, who was brought up in the Ghanaian harbour town Tema and nowadays commutes between Hamburg, Paris, Stockholm, LA and the African coastal centres Dakar, Accra and Lome, as well. With her dark, expressive voice she’s been compared to jazz icons such as Nina Simone and Billie Holiday and already played support shows for Erykah Badu.