Bear Music #20

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There is nothing more we love here at Jammy Toast than listening to some of our favourite tunes. From time to time we will post a music video from an artist or genre that we think will be enjoyable to you; our friends. We often feature music that you may not have come across before, or music that maybe you just missed the first time around. Try and listen with an open mind, you never know, you may find something you can add to your iPod. If you have any music videos you would like us to feature then drop us a line – we are always happy to listen to requests but we cannot promise to feature everyone’s favourite…

“Biko” is a good old-fashioned protest song by Peter Gabriel. The song is from Gabriel’s third album and is about Steve Biko, a noted black South African anti-apartheid activist. Steven Biko had been arrested by the South African police in 1977. After being held in custody for several days, he was interrogated in room 619 of the Walmer Street prison in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape. Following the interrogation, during which the police beat him and left him with serious head injuries, Biko was transferred without medical care to a prison in Pretoria, where he died shortly afterwards, on 12th September 1977.

The song was first released as a single in 1980, when it reached #38 on the British charts. A live version, recorded in July 1987 at the Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, was released later that year, reaching #49 in the UK. A live recording of the song was used to promote the Richard Attenborough Biko biopic Cry Freedom, and its music video, consisting of clips from the film and Gabriel singing, was heavily played on MTV during the film’s theatrical run.

Peter Gabriel performed the song at Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute concert at Wembley in 1988 and he often plays the song at the end of concerts, encouraging the audience to sing along, after which most of the band leaves the stage.

Peter Gabriel – Biko

Peter Gabriel – Biko

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10 Comments on “Bear Music #20”

  1. When I try to sleep at night
    I can only dream in red
    The outside world is black and white
    With only one colour dead…

    Is that why Jammy Toast is Black & White?

  2. If your best friend doesn’t call round to your house with beer and demand you go eat food, then they aren’t your best friend.

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