A new video of Peter covering Tom Waits’ “In The Neighborhood” was released today [Tuesday, June 22] simultaneously across five non-profit web sites. Invisible Children, Oxfam America, Resolve Uganda, Witness and Hope teamed up to premiere this latest instalment of The Voice Project, a music based initiative to raise awareness as well as support for the war torn areas of Northern Uganda, Southern Sudan, Eastern Congo and CAR that have been affected by the ongoing violence of Joseph Kony’s rebel army the LRA in Africa’s longest running conflict.
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Artists have been recording cover songs as links in musical chains that began with a small group of widows and rape survivors in Gulu, Uganda. The women there have been using songs to send messages of forgiveness to those abducted and forced to fight, many of whom escape but hide in the bush, afraid to return home because of reprisals for what they were made to do.
The Voice Project employs this same idea of using music to pass the message as each artist covers another artist’ song creating a chain of melodies. In this particular chain UK based artist Gary Go passed the torch to his friend Joseph Arthur by covering “Chicago”, Joseph passed it to his friend and mentor Peter Gabriel with his version of “Shock the Monkey” and now Gabriel has passed it to Tom Waits with this cover of “In the Neighbourhood.”
“We wanted to release this video together with some of the organisations who’ve been working so hard and for so long to improve the situation there. These are organisations we’ve been working with and who’ve become friends, and one of the great things you can see happening is how willing everyone is to work together at this problem, so we thought all of us releasing this in unison would be a reflection of that,” said Voice Project co-founder Hunter Heaney.
Peter’s daughter, Anna Gabriel, is also one of the founders of The Voice Project. “Music has always been a part of my life and I believe it’s one of the most powerful and effective tools to bring about change. My father has inspired me with his humanitarian work and has always been supportive of my work as a film maker so shooting this video bought together all aspects of my life in an amazing way.”
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