Peter co-founded the group Genesis in 1966 at school. He went on to make 7 albums with Genesis. He left in 1975, but returned to music a year later, since when he has made 11 solo albums. His film soundtrack works include Birdy (1984); The Last Temptation of Christ (1989); Rabbit Proof Fence (2002).
In 1980 Peter conceived of, and founded WOMAD (World of Music Arts and Dance), which has presented over 150 festivals in over 40 countries, recently adding Abu Dhabi to the list. In addition, the WOMAD Foundation provides education and workshops to many schools.
Peter’s Human Rights work includes, the coordination of and participation in the Human Rights Now! Tour, which took place in 1988 with Amnesty International. In 1989 he conceived of, and co-founded Witness.org, giving cameras and computers to human rights activists. Witness has won many awards and pioneered the adoption of video and online technologies in human rights campaigning. The Hub was launched in 2008, providing a platform for human rights video from all over the world (a YouTube for Human Rights).
In 2000 Peter co-founded and conceived of the Elders.org with Richard Branson, which Nelson Mandela launched in 2007.
Amongst awards Peter has received, are the Man of Peace Award, presented by the Nobel Peace Laureates, the ‘Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres’ and also the Quadriga Award. He has received various lifetime achievement awards, and BT’s Digital Music Pioneer Award, as well as Grammy awards for his music and video work. His ‘Sledgehammer’ video has been voted best video of all time, and his interactive work, EVE, won the ‘Milia D’Or for Multimedia’.
Photograph by Graham Wood
Washington, D.C.— Legendary Genesis front man and solo artist Peter Gabriel announced today that he will
take over in the fasting chain from U.S. Representative Donald Payne and Switchfoot front man Jon Foreman
as part of the Darfur Fast for Life. From Wednesday, May 13 to Friday May 15, Gabriel will follow a string of
fasters around the globe to take a stand of solidarity with the people of Darfur, including Actress-Activist Mia
Farrow and Virgin CEO and Founder Sir Richard Branson. He will be on a water-only fast for those three
Said Gabriel, “The people of Darfur have suffered horribly in the last six years and despite many campaigns,
protests and the judgment of the International Criminal Court, there has been insufficient international
response to stop the suffering. For that reason, I really hope that the Darfur Fast for Life campaign puts the
plight of the Darfuris back on the world’s priority list. I also believe it is enormously important that there is
sufficient international backing for the ICC to bring President Bashir to trial”
Gabriel began his solo career in 1975 after leaving the legendary rock band Genesis. Since then, he has
released eleven solo albums and written soundtracks for three films. In 1980 he founded WOMAD, World of
Music Arts and Dance, a music festival that introduced world music to 22 different countries and islands. In
1989, Gabriel conceived and co-founded Witness.org, and went on to co-found the Elders.org along with
Richard Branson, and launched by Nelson Mandela in July 2007. Gabriel has received several accolades
including, the Man of Peace award, presented by the Nobel Peace Laureates in 2007, the ‘Chevalier dans
l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres’ and the ‘Quadriga Award. He has also received various lifetime achievement
awards as well as BT’s digital Music Pioneer Award and Grammy awards for his music and video work.
Gabriel joins fasters from over 25 countries including Albania, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Chad, France,
Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Philippines, Puerto Rico,
Romania, Senegal, Spain, Sudan, Thailand, UK and USA. Gabriel and others will continue to provide video
and blog posts throughout the Darfur Fast for Life at www.fastdarfur.org.
The Darfur Fast for Life | We are leaders, activists and citizens around the world who fast in solidarity with
the people of Darfur because they do not have a choice. We fast as a personal expression of outrage at a world
that has allowed the suffering of millions of innocent people. We fast because as we simply watched, Darfur’s
defenseless people were forced into wretched camps where today they are facing starvation and disease. We
fast because those in positions of authority who know what is right and just, could and should do more to
alleviate their suffering and bring peace, protection, and justice to the people of Sudan.
We fast for Darfur’s courageous people —because we yearn for a world where human rights are respected and
a life of dignity is the legacy for every man, woman and child.