Peter Gabriel

Witness and The Elders

Peter Gabriel has earned a worldwide reputation for his innovative work as a musician, writer and video maker. He co-founded the group Genesis, which he left in 1975. His albums, live performance and videos since then have won him a succession of awards. In 1980 he founded WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance). In a series of international festivals, starting in 1982, WOMAD has brought together traditional and modern music, arts and dance from every corner of the globe. In addition, Mr. Gabriel has been involved in a wide spectrum of human rights and environmental issues. In 1992, Mr. Gabriel co-founded WITNESS in conjunction with the Reebok Human Rights Foundation and The Lawyers Committee for Human Rights in the USA. The organization arms human rights activists from around the world with hand-held video cameras, computers and communication technology so they can document and put an end to human rights abuses. To date, WITNESS has supplied hundreds of cameras to over fifty countries, provided video testimony to human rights commissions and international peacekeeping agencies and had its work shown on television stations around the world. Mr. Gabriel, along with Richard Branson, was a primary driving force behind the formation of The Elders, a new gathering of world leaders. The Elders seek to provide guidance and support for our “global village,” looking to traditional village leaders as a model to ease human suffering on a global scale. He has received the Man of Peace award, presented by the Nobel Peace Laureates in 2007, the Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and various lifetime achievement awards. He also received a BT’s Digital Music Pioneer Award (a British award dedicated to digital music) as well as Grammy awards for his music and video work.