Peter Gabriel ‎– Biko

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Charisma ‎– CB 370-12, Charisma ‎– CB 370 12
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Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM
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A Biko
Written-By – Gabriel*
8:55
B1 Shosholoza
Arranged By – Gray*, Egnos*, Gabriel*Written-By – Trad.*
5:14
B2 Jetzt Kommt Die Flut
Written-By – Gabriel*
4:54

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From the back cover:

Who?:
Bantu Stephen Biko was a young South African leader who died in 1977 as a result of injuries received during interrogations by the South African Security Police. For further information, I would suggest the book 'Biko' by donald Woods on Penguin.

Why the song?:
I believe Steve Biko was very important. He could have been a very positive force in Africa and a leader young people all over the world could have identified with.

When I heard of Steve Biko's detention on the radio, I was sure that publicity would protect him. World attention had been attracted to the large number of prison suicides: slipping in showers, jumping from windows and hanging . . . I was shocked one breakfast to hear of his death and wrote some thoughts down in my diary which were to be the start of the lyrics two years later.

Why put it out separately?:
Some people have questioned the motive for putting this out as a 12" and a single when two other singles have been taken off the album.

Firstly I wanted the song to be available to anyone who did not want to spend the money for an album, secondly I would like to hear it on the radio and thirdly, since recording it in another language I have approached the mix differently and wanted to have an alternate version available in English. The vocal track has been re-recorded and the track re-mixed.

What 'Shosholoza' means?:
Shosholoza (Go in Peace) was one of the tracks off the soundtrack lp 'Dingaka' that inspired the direction for the music of the song 'Biko'. The original is an unaccompanied chant to which I have added an arrangement and a new rhythmic section of the song.

The proceeds of this song go to the Steve Biko Black Consciousness Movement.

Re-recorded and re-mixed at Crescent Studios, Bath.

℗ 1980 Charisma Records Ltd.
Original sound recording made by Charisma Records Ltd.

Catalog number CB 370 12 on the sleeve and CB 370-12 on the disc labels.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A, Variant 1): CB 37012 A//2∇ESC
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B, Variant 1): CB 370 12 B//1∇ESC
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A, Variant 2): CB 37012 A//2∇ESC 11 JGNZ
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B, Variant 2): CB 37012 B//1∇ESC 11 12 2L SOUND CLINIC
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A, Variant 3): CB 37012 A//2∇ESC 1 1 4
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B, Variant 3): CB 370 12 B//1∇ESC 1 1 1 2L SOUND CLINIC

Other Versions (5 of 6) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CBDJ 370 Peter Gabriel Biko(7", Single, Promo) Charisma CBDJ 370 UK 1980 Sell This Version
CB 370 Peter Gabriel Biko(7", Single) Charisma CB 370 UK 1980 Sell This Version
6000 564 Peter Gabriel Biko(12", Maxi) Charisma 6000 564 France 1980 Sell This Version
6000 492 Peter Gabriel Biko(12", Maxi) Charisma 6000 492 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
CB 370 Peter Gabriel Biko(7", Single) Charisma CB 370 Ireland 1980 Sell This Version

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December 18, 2016
The remix of Biko is mostly re-recorded with new vocals by Peter.