Tasmanian rap artist, Promise Tekeste will today launch a song to raise awareness of the 38,000 Australians who go missing each year, after experiencing his younger brother’s disappearance in 2016.
It will be the first ever song to address and communicate the complexities of living with ambiguous loss — something that is often impossible for families to articulate.
Nazrawi Samson Woldemicheal went missing from North Hobart in October 2016. His family, including brother, Promise, continue to search for him and say the pain of not knowing his whereabouts is torturous.
“The last 16 months have been painful and traumatic for my family. My little brother Naz is quiet, loves painting, listening to music and playing video games — a really gentle soul whose laugh made us smile,” Mr Tekeste said. “We miss him so much.”
Mr Tekeste, known musically as ‘Promise’, will this Wednesday launch his latest single ‘Missing You’, inspired by, and dedicated to, his brother and featuring former contestant from The Voice, Soli Tesema.
“Music is my creative and emotional outlet, so when I couldn’t put my hurt into words, verbally, I took to penning this song. It’s been my way of coping and processing,” he said.
Missing Persons Advocacy Network (MPAN) — the charity that supports families of long term missing Australians — has paired with Mr Tekeste on the release of his song. MPAN spokesperson, Romany Brodribb, whose brother was a missing person in 2016, said ‘Missing You’ will not only raise the profile of Naz’s disappearance but also give a voice to those often forgotten.
“Promise is giving a voice to the families and friends with missing loved ones, validating and empowering those who feel hopeless and helpless while allowing the public a powerful insight into the plight of not knowing,” said Ms Brodribb.
The song and its emotive music video, directed by filmmaker, Dane Meale, will be available on iTunes, Apple Music and Spotify from 5pm Wednesday 28 February 2018.