Playing for Change Biko video

Peter Gabriel in the Writing Room at Real World Studios, Nov 2020.
Photo: York Tillyer

The Peace Through Music: A Global Event for Social Justice took place in December 2020, hosted on the Playing for Change social media channels.

The event was part of the activities to commemorate the United Nations 75th anniversary, and championed the full protection and promotion of human rights for all.

A host of musicians took part, including Aloe Blacc, Angélique Kidjo, Annie Lennox, Becky G, Brandi Carlile with Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, Carlos Santana and Cindy Blackman Santana, Gabi Melim, Gary Clark Jr., Jack Johnson, Jim James, Keb’ Mo’, Keith Richards, Mavis Staples, Nathaniel Rateliff, Rhiannon Giddens, Ringo Starr, Robbie Robertson, Robert Randolph, Run The Jewels with Josh Homme, Sheila E., Skip Marley and Cedella Marley, The War and Treaty, Yo-Yo Ma and more.

A new version of ‘Biko’ premiered as part of the event and saw Peter performing alongside Angélique Kidjo, Silkroad’s Yo-Yo Ma, and bass legend Meshell Ndegeocello as well as more than 25 musicians from seven countries.

The stand-alone video is now available to watch again in support of the Playing For Change Foundation.