“The hard lockdown was a difficult and confusing time for me and triggered some bad memories and feelings from my past. I wrote this song on the second day of lockdown when I almost felt as if we wouldn’t get out alive!
Netsanet (Freedom is Expensive) ነፃነት ዋጋው ውድ ነው is based on a native Ethiopian scale and captures a mix of emotions I felt – anger, sadness and loneliness.
It captures the missing of human contact. It questions the meaning of freedom, the meaning of life.
It’s a prayer for better days.”
Written by Zelalem Negatu
Drum Programming – Zelalem Negatu
Arrangement and Keyboard Solo – Zelalem Negatu
Bass Guitar – Chris Frangou
Lead Guitar – Jack McCarty
Saxophone – Solomon Sisay
Vocals, Mixing and Mastering – Nhattnael Ayalew (Nhatty Man) at Milo Mix
Netsanet by Zelalem Negatu is created for Shelter 2.
Shelter 2 is proudly supported by VicHealth, Creative Victoria, City of Melbourne and Australia Council for the Arts.
Sun 16 May 2021 - Thu 16 Sep 2021
Over the past seven months many artists and residents within the nine towers have been busy creating new digital works for Shelter 2 – a second edition of MAV’s innovative commissions program responding to the unique challenges presented by COVID-19 for culturally diverse artists and communities.