The British music star Ed Sheeran collaborated with the Ukrainian band Antytila to release a video that was partly filmed and recorded on the front lines of the war against Russia.
The artists have collaborated on the remix of the song 2step by Siran and the proceeds of the single will be donated to humanitarian causes in Ukraine.
Antytila is one of the most famous bands in Ukraine, but its members withdrew from appearances to serve in the army after the Russian invasion of their country.
The singer of the band, Taras Topolia, revealed that the lyrics of the remix were written while he was serving as a doctor in the city of Borodyankanear the capital of Ukraine, Kyiv.
A new video, which Topolia described as “heartbreaking” was released to accompany the remix.
The members of the group were able to film the video in Kharkov after it was recaptured by Ukrainian forces.
“We stopped on the street and sang there in the middle of nowhere” said Topolia about the shooting of the video.
With the ongoing war and the band members serving in the army to defend their country, cooperation was not easy.
“It was not so easy to record the voice because our studio was occupied while we were composing the lyrics,” the band told BBC News.
Proceeds from remix sales will go to Music Saves UA, a non-profit humanitarian aid project in Ukraine.
Topolia explained that the song tells a simple but very dramatic story. “It’s not just my story, it is the story of millions of Ukrainians whose peaceful lives were interrupted by the war,” he said.
Ed Sheeran’s video of the original 2step recording with rapper Lil Baby – released last month – was shot in Kyiv last year.
In a statement, the singer-songwriter said: “I shot the video for 2step in the city of Kiev, before the catastrophic acts of violence began. “It was the first time I visited the country and I felt so welcome during my stay there – from everyone, from the production crew to the many people I met during those days.”
Source: News Beast