“Our parents fought for freedom so we could be free to fight for peace,” Fetsum says. In 2013, a year after the release of his celebrated debut album “The Colors of Hope,” Fetsum gathered a group of friends, many of whom were in the Eritrean diaspora, to explore how best respond to the ongoing refugee crisis. They met in an office belonging to his childhood friend Teddy Tewelde. Like Teddy, Fetsum’s parents were freedom fighters who came as refugees to Germany with their young family. Fetsum’s instinct was to bring people together through music in support of a cause, and the idea for the PxP Benefit Festival was born. Using his message of peace to inspire musicians, artists, and organizations to unite in support of this cause, Fetsum defied the odds and spearheaded what is to date Europe’s biggest benefit concert for children. His brand of empathy, social engagement, and bright, thoughtful music has made him more sought after than ever. In 2016 he co-founded the PxP Embassy with Teddy to be able to work more impactfully on peace-building by empowering children through empathy and education. The same year, he published a book of conversations about social and political engagement with the vice president of the German Bundestag, Claudia Roth, released the EP “Light in a Dark Place,” and was awarded the Order of Merit of the State of Berlin for civic engagement.