Those looking for a little retail therapy may like to check out our new web store - phase one of the new system has been launched today, hopefully providing a much improved experience. The shop will be growing in the months to come, with improved content, digital downloads and interaction, but we've already got much improved access to music with samples from nearly every track available, more competitive pricing across international zones, and simpler festival ticket ordering.
Peter's March video update is now available on the site.
Amongst Ruminations on 'The Elders' meeting in Necca, work on Pixar's WALL e, Big Blue Ball, Amnesty International and a night out with Goldfrapp, Peter is asking for suggestions of songs you'd like to hear him cover.
The competition judged by Edward de Bono, Peter Gabriel, HRH Prince Hassan, Malcolm McLaren, Carolyn Porco and Philippe Starck has chosen a winner, a revolutionary personal water-purification tool for use in the developing world.
With the second day in swing for Atlantis first full day of orbit, the astronauts of the STS-122 began inspections of the space shuttles heat shield, while also preparing for Saturdays docking with the International Space Station. Preparations began around 9:40 a.m., with the early morning wake-up call beginning with Peter Gabriels Book of Love, ending at 2:35 p.m.
"The judging panel for the 2007 Award was announced earlier this month. It is a line up of outstanding individuals, all well known experts in their field and no strangers to innovation themselves - Edward de Bono, Peter Gabriel, HRH Prince Hassan, Malcolm McLaren, Carolyn Porco and Philippe Starck."
We've made it past what is said to be statistically the most depressing day of the year, so despite Peter's broken leg and the never ending rain at Real World, things are looking up with the first Full Moon Update of the year.
Peter talks about his skiing injury, developments in transport technology, plans for campaigning in Davos, his forthcoming award and musical evening at Midem, and work on music for a new Pixar film.
The video features excerpts from Maryam Mursal's 'Kufilaw' which is one of the tracks to be performed at Midem.
Relative to the technology around it, the music industry moves at a glacial pace - which is it's worth recording little announcements such as the one today that Peter Gabriel's digital download service We7 has received a further $6 million in venture funding.
An exhibition at the Apartheid Museum traces the life and death of Black Consciousness leader Steve Biko, to show what is behind the icon.
...Besides the repeated recordings of Biko and Kruger, the constant refrain of Peter Gabriel's song, simply entitled Biko, first released in 1980, echoes hauntingly around the museum.....
This year Klaus Schwab, the forum's formidable founder, executive chairman and global éminence grise seems to have banished the Hollywood hangers-on from the select Davos circle, returning the event to its bedrock of top leaders from business and government. The glitziest cultural figures gracing the icy pavements of Davos next week appear to be Emma Thompson, the actress, Yo-Yo Ma, the cellist, and Peter Gabriel, the musician. Thus in more sombre times for the world economy, this year the forum itself seems to be sobering up, just a little.....
"In the past year, Gabriel has worked extensively to develop more of the globe-embracing ideas that have always been his stock in trade. He spoke with Billboard about some of them and what 2008 holds in store...."
In the last video update of the year Peter talks about last month's 46664 concert on South Africa, the long journey of the Big Blue Ball project and a night at the Led Zeppein concert at London's O2 Arena; which gave him his first trip to The Dome since working on OVO for the Millenium celebrations. We feature 'Exit Through You' and 'Whole Thing' from the forthcoming Big Blue Ball along with archive footage of the conception of 'Whole Thing' through the collaborations in The Workroom here at Real World.
Other distractions available on the site include Tina's latest posting which offers the chance to win a copy of a much-requested CD the MIT Award CD. This double CD (featuring songs from some of the artists whose music Peter has enjoyed and whose work has influenced him, as well as a selection of songs from Peters own catalogue) was specially created for the event in 2004 in which Peter was honoured by the Music Industry Trusts Award and was only given to those who attended the event, so its very special indeed.
Some of you may have seen that there is a competition run by the National Lottery, the Big Lottery Funds Peoples £50 million Contest, which will be decided by a public vote in the UK. Tim Smit, the Founder of the Eden Project, who we have enjoyed working with a lot on the Africa Calling Live 8 event, asked me to get involved with some brainstorming on the Edge, which is what he has called his project. I think they have a lot of cool ideas and some interesting people attached, and it strikes me as the boldest and most far reaching of all the four candidates involved.
Without wishing to prejudice the voting, I would ask that anyone interested check out all four propositions and vote for their favourite to make sure the voting is representative.
Thank you very much.
Real World Records have today released a double CD "Long Way Down" with music featured in the TV series of the same name - Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman's epic motorcycle journey from the northern-most tip of Scotland to the southern-most tip of Africa. The eagle eyed amongst you will notice that CD features Big Blue Ball's Whole Thing' - the first outing for a track from the long awaited and soon to arrive Big Blue Ball - featuring vocals from one P. Gabriel.
01 Stereophonics Long Way Down
02 Maryam Mursal Somalia, Don't Shame Yourself
03 Geoffrey Oryema Ye Ye Ye
04 Afro Celt Sound System Shadowman
05 Joseph Arthur Exhausted
06 Ben Onono Blink
07 Adrian Sherwood Majestic 12
08 Martyn Bennett Move
09 Spaccanapoli OMare
10 Remmy Ongala & Orchestre Super Matimila Dodoma
11 Ayub Ogada Kothbiro
12 Abdelli Adarghal The Blind In Spirit
13 Sheila Chandra The Enchantment
14 Spaccanapoli Santa Notte
01 Big Blue Ball Whole Thing Original Mix
02 Dub Colossus Azmari Dub
03 Maryam Mursal Take Care
04 Zawose & Brook The Bedbugs Bite
05 The Boxer Rebellion The Gospel
06 Thomas Mapfumo & The Blacks Unlimited Marudzi Nemarudzi
07 Ghorwane Majurugenta
08 Abdelli Walagh
09 Hassan Hakmoun & Zahar Soudan Minitara (Bumbastic Mix)
10 Hukwe Zawose Sisitizo la Amani Duniani
11 BT & Sasha Da-ka-ne
12 Geoffrey Oryema Makambo
13 Afro Celt Sound System Onwards
14 Bernard Kabanda Nnankya
15 Musicians Of The Nile Zahrafat Al Saiid
16 Geoffrey Oryema The River
Peter Gabriel will be performing at the 46664 concert which you can watch online.
The broadcast begins Saturday, December 1st at 4:30pm (GMT)
The 46664 World Aids Day concert, to be hosted at Ellis Park on December 1, is the fifth 46664 event staged at points across the world since the founding in 2002 of the HIV AIDS charity which carries Nelson Mandelas prison number and has been made possible throught the support of Joburg City.