PETER Gabriel, the co-founder of WOMAD and champion for world music and culture, was awarded an honorary degree by the University of South Australia.
The award announced this week was presented to Gabriel at his recording studios in Wiltshire last year by Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd.
Prof Lloyd says he is delighted to have conferred the Honorary Doctorate on a man who has made such an important mark globally in so many fields, from music, business and the arts, to the promotion of peace, human rights and conflict resolution.
“Peter is an example of what it is to be successful on many levels,” Prof Lloyd says.
“A great collaborator, but also a musician and composer with his own distinctive style, his stellar career has been marked by ground-breaking innovations in music video production and in recording and distribution.
The announcement was made as South Australia prepares to enjoy WOMADelaide, an offshoot of Gabriel’s music festival.