Biko" is an anti-apartheid protest song by English rock musician Peter Gabriel. It was released by Charisma Records as a single from Gabriel's eponymous third album in 1980. The song is a musical eulogy, inspired by the death of the black South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko in police custody on 12 September 1977. Gabriel wrote the song after hearing of Biko's death on the news.
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Peter Gabriel (1980 album). The album was remastered, along with most of Gabriel's catalogue, in 2002 .
Released 22nd May, 1980. Recorded both at his home studio at Ashcombe House, near Bath, and at London’s Townhouse Studios, Peter’s third self-titled album was produced by Steve Lillywhite. The album saw Peter change his writing style; now the rhythm came before the melody and the songs were built up on top of the rhythmic sequences. The album delivered a top 5 UK single in Games Without Frontiers and Peter’s first overtly political song in the shape of totemic closer Biko. It also features notable contributions from Kate Bush, Paul Weller, Phil Collins and David Rhodes. I think that the third album was quite important for me in terms of really having a defining sound and the band coming through. It was the first record where I was clearly doing something different from what other people were doing. I was looking around for some young, new and interesting people that I could work with.
Album: Peter Gabriel (third, melt) (1980). Charted: 38. Get the Sheet Music License This Song. For this song, instead of telling the story from Biko's perspective, Gabriel takes a third person observer approach. He explained in an interview with Sound to promote the album: "It's a white, middle-class, ex-public schoolboy, domesticated, English person observing his own reactions from afar. It seemed impossible to me that the South Africans had let him be killed when there had been so much international publicity about his imprisonment.
Oh Biko, Biko, because Biko Oh Biko, Biko, because Biko Yihla moja, yihla moja The man is dead The man is dead. When I try and sleep at night I can only dream in red The outside world is black and white With only one colour dead. Oh Biko, Biko, because Biko Oh Biko, Biko, because Biko Yihla moja, yihla moja The man is dead The man is dead. You can blow out a candle But you can't blow out a fire Once the flames begin to catch The wind will blow it higher. Released in 1980 by British rock musician, Peter Gabriel, in his self-titled album, Biko tells the story of Stephen Bantu Biko’s death. com/watch?v luVpsM3YAgw. Written By Peter Gabriel.
Performer: Peter Gabriel Album: Biko Label: Virgin. Tracklist: - 01. Peter Gabriel - Biko (live July 27 1987 Cleveland) 02. Peter Gabriel - No More Apartheid 03. Peter Gabriel - I Have The Touch (85 Remix) - Total time.