#CreateTheCover is an initiative bringing together music, design and community action in Ethiopia.
In designing the record cover, Wahlers took inspiration from the colors of the landscape.Supported by Adobe and Viva con Agua, a community organization dedicated to the provision of clean water in Africa, #CreateTheCover invited creatives to enter a competition to join CLUESO on a 10-day trip through Ethiopia, during which the winner would design cover art for the song CLUESO would compose on the journey. Hamburg-based graphic designer, Simon Wahlers was selected from a pool of 200 entries, and accompanied CLUESO to Ethiopia in May to meet locals and get to know the land.
Entitled “Aand Nen – We Are One”, the ensuing song was created in collaboration with Ethiopian jazz musician Samuel Jirga, as well as musicians Norman Sinn and Tim Neuhaus. In designing the record cover using Adobe Illustrator CC and Adobe Photoshop CC, Wahlers took inspiration from the colors of the landscape: rusty reds to represent earth, bright green vegetation, gold-tinted sunlight and the blue of not only water, but the country’s street signs.
The cover, plus snapshots from the journey, are presented below. The song is available to download from iTunes here. All proceeds will go directly to Viva con Agua’s initatives.
“Aand Nen – We Are One” cover, designed by Simon Wahlers