Ed Sheeran and the Ukrainian band Antytila, whose members are currently on the front lines, have collaborated on a new version of the British musician’s song “2step”, the proceeds of which will go to help the people of Ukraine.
The single, accompanied by a video shot in part during the war, se was presented this Monday and has been viewed more than a million times on YouTube.
In it Sheeran sings in English while Antytila singer Taras Topolya contributes a verse in Ukrainian, which, as he explained to the British media, is inspired by his own story and that of many other families in which the man has stayed to fight in his country, and his relatives have emigrated.
According to local press, the idea for the collaboration came about after the organizers of a recent fundraising concert in England for Ukraine rejected Antytila’s offer to participate via videoconference, because they were in the army and it was a humanitarian event.
Sheeran’s team then got in touch with the Ukrainian group and the idea of doing something together came up, Topolya explains to the BBC, adding that he recorded his part when he was working as a toilet at the Borodyanka front, near kyiv.
“The video raises awareness of the situation in Ukraine and this process continues,” Topolya told the public broadcaster.. “I am very happy that a famous singer supports the Ukrainians,” she adds.
“Ed Sheeran, his team and others understand that we need help and support to survive and win. And I am very grateful to them,” says the singer.
“2step” appeared for the first time on Sheeran’s album ‘=’ (2021) and on April 22 the British composer released a remix with the American rapper Lil Baby, with a video shot in kyiv before the war, the proceeds of which also go to aid for Ukraine.
According to the media, Sheeran plans to cover “2step” with artists from Finland, Italy, Sweden, Australia, France, Ireland and Brazil. (I)
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