NOTE: Questions were closed on 11/18/2010.
British singer-songwriter Peter Gabriel, best known for the innovative video for “Sledgehammer”, is participating in CCN’s Connect the World Blog in order to help raise awareness for victims of recent flooding in Pakistan. He will be answering some of the questions posted on the website.
Gabriel has also collaborated with Pakistan rock star Salman Ahmad, best known for his work in the group Junoon, on the song “Open Your Eyes.” The song was released on iTunes on November 8. All of the download fee goes towards aid for Pakistani flood refugees. The money will go to charities working in Pakistan such as UNICEF.
Both Ahmad and Gabriel appeared on CBC radio to discuss the song and the world’s turning a cold shoulder to Pakistan, which both musicians described as “Pathetic.”
Fans do not have to be registered with CNN in order to post their question to Peter Gabriel. They do ask for your email address and notes that all questions go through a moderator before they are posted online. CCN asks that fans keep the questions to human rights issues, but the very first question that was approved was “Any chance of a Genesis reunion?”
Gabriel co-founded two human rights charities, Witness and The Elders. Witness, begun in 1992, helps give video and technical equipment to those being abused so that they can better chronicle abuses and help get the justice they need. The Elders, co-founded with billionaire Sir Richard Branson, consists of retired world leaders such as Nelson Mandela and President Jimmy Carter that helps to keep human rights causes in the news. The Elders also hopes to help in negotiations with sensitive world conflicts, such as their recent trip to Palestine.
Questions began to be accepted today, November 14. CNN did not mention when questions will stop being accepted. although the usual time period is about two weeks.
In case you’re wondering, this writer’s question was accepted. Whether or not Gabriel or CNN producers will pay it any attention is unknown.
EDIT 19 Nov: Gabriel appeared on the CNN programme on 18 November, which just happened to be this writer’s birthday, However, my question was passed over by the CNN producers. But “Any chance of a Genesis reunion?” WAS asked. Please do send any more questions to CNN’s “Connect the World.”