Cuban composer and pianist Omar Sosa has spent ten years shaping An East African Journey, fusing jazz and traditional African music, with eight artists from East Africa.
In honor of Black History Month, we are proud to bring the message of Peter Gabriel’s “Biko” back to the forefront, 40 years after its initial release. Inspired by the death of anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko while in police custody, this song’s relevance still holds true with the unfortunate police brutality that continues to take place in the USA, Nigeria and many places around the world.Playing For Change
More than 25 musicians from seven countries join Gabriel for this global rendition to share a message of unity, peace, and hope, including Beninese vocalist and activist Angélique Kidjo, Silkroad’s Yo-Yo Ma, and bass legend Meshell Ndegeocello.
South-African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko was murdered in police custody in 1977.
From the Zaire 74 music festival that should have accompanied the Rumble in the Jungle boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman.
Celia Cruz and Johnny Pacheco doing a sound check in Kinshasa in 1974. This was the Fania All Stars rehearsal for their performance.