Biko – Peter Gabriel (1987)


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An individual, limited edition, example of vinyl record art made from a genuine, original, 45rpm, 7” single featuring the pop rock single by Peter Gabriel  from 1987, Biko. The record was released on the Charisma record label, in the UK, and has been reworked into the shape of a murder victim outline.

A great framed gift for a friend or family member who is a fan of  Peter Gabriel, Genesis, Stephen Biko, South Africa, anti-apartheid protest or has a special memory linked to the song.

Presented in a black wooden box frame
Limited Edition of 100, signed and numbered by myself, the artist

Title: Biko
Media Artist/s: Peter Gabriel
Record Label: Charisma
Medium: Mixed media, hand cut from an original 7″ vinyl single
Era: 1980s
Genre: Rock /Pop Rock




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Peter Gabriel – The Artist

Peter Brian Gabriel (born 1950) is an English musician, singer, songwriter, record producer and activist. He rose to fame as the original lead singer of the progressive rock band Genesis. After leaving Genesis in 1975, he launched a successful solo career with “Solsbury Hill” as his first single. His 1986 album, So, is his best-selling release and is certified triple platinum in the UK and five times platinum in the U.S. The album’s most successful single, “Sledgehammer”, won a record nine MTV Awards at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards and, according to a report in 2011, it was MTV’s most played music video of all time.

Biko – The Song

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. Influenced by Gabriel’s growing interest in African musical styles, the song carried a sparse two-tone beat played on Brazilian drum and vocal percussion, in addition to a distorted guitar, and a synthesised bagpipe sound. The lyrics, which included phrases in Xhosa, describe Biko’s death and the violence under the apartheid government. The song is book-ended with recordings of songs sung at Biko’s funeral: the album version begins with “Ngomhla sibuyayo” and ends with “Senzeni Na?”, while the single versions end with “Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika”. It was banned in South Africa, where the government saw it as a threat to security. “Biko” was a personal landmark for Gabriel, becoming one of his most popular songs and sparking his involvement in human rights activism. It also had a huge political impact, and along with other contemporary music critical of apartheid, is credited with making resistance to apartheid part of western popular culture. It inspired musical projects such as Sun City, and has been called “arguably the most significant non-South African anti-apartheid protest song”.

The Murder Victim Outline – The Shape

This record is modelled into the shape of a murder victim outline as often drawn in chalk around a murder victim in the preliminary police investigations.


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Weight 1030 g
Dimensions 25 × 4.5 × 25 cm
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