British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran recently shared his latest music video which was shot in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv just days before the Russian invasion began on February 24.
The music video, titled ‘2step’, was uploaded on Friday on Sheeran’s official YouTube channel. The track also features rapper Lil Baby.
The three and a half minutes long music video starts off with a note written in white font.
“I filmed the video for 2step in the city of Kyiv, Ukraine before the devastating acts of violence started to take place. It was my first time visiting the country,” Sheeran said in the note.
“I felt so welcomed during my stay there- everyone from the production crew to the many people I met across my days off. Ukraine is a proud and resilient country and I’m grateful to have had the chance to film my video there,” the 31-year-old said.
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“I stand with Ukraine and will be donating my record royalties from YouTube stream of the video to the DEC’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal,” he concluded and signed off the note with “Ed x.”
‘2step’ is a peppy track from Sheeran’s 2021 album “=” (pronounced “equals”). Since its upload, the music video has garnered 1.8 million views and over 7,000 comments.
Reacting to Sheeran’s humanitarian effort, one YouTube user wrote, “Thank you Ed for being HUMAN. Support like this means a lot to us Ukrainians during these horrible times. Hopefully we meet again under the peaceful Ukrainian sky.”
Another user added, “Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Thank you for being the VOICE among those who failed to even be an echo. From Ukraine with love.”
“Love it, as always you deliver amazing music! Also love the true contributions to Ukraine, as I know it was done not for show, but from a place of humanity,” wrote another user.