Peter Gabriel is best known as a musician. He started his solo work in 1975 after leaving his old school group Genesis. He has released eleven solo studio albums, numerous live albums and written for three films.
In 1980, he founded WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance), which has presented 170 festivals in over 30 countries. In 1992, he co–founded WITNESS, pioneering the use of cameras and technology in human rights work. He was also the founder with Richard Branson of The Elders, an organization designed to bring together a small group of highly respected global leaders, formally launched by Nelson Mandela in July 2007, and currently chaired by Kofi Annan. The move to universal health care is one of the Elders’ central goals.
His other work interests have been in innovative technology, especially in digital media, music and more recently a visual language and do–it–yourself health care.