Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Police drummers unite to launch global drum-beat for peace

Big name drummers backing Suda365 campaign

Radiohead‘s Phil Selway, Pink Floyd‘s Nick Mason and The Police‘s Stewart Copeland have added their support to a campaign striving to keep the peace in Sudan.

The Sudan365 campaign sees each of the drummers appearing in a film that is set to launch online today (January 9). The brainchild of Faithless drummer Jamie Catto, the video features a ‘drum beat for peace’ that starts in Sudan and is then passed around 15 other countries like a baton.

“I wanted to be involved in this project because I think music is such a powerful way of bringing people together,” said Selway of the video, which is available to view on Sudan365.org. “Of course, I’m biased in thinking that what’s underpinning it all is always the beat – always drummers!”

He added: “Hopefully this film will show that together people can make a huge noise and through this film I hope people’s focus will be brought back to what is happening in the Sudan over this very important next year.”

Other drummers in the film include Snow Patrol‘s Jonny Quinn, renowned Egyptian drummer Yehia Khalil and Mustapha Tettey Addy from Ghana.

Sudan365 calls on global leaders to take urgent diplomatic action over the next year in order to prevent the country from slipping back into all-out conflict.

Events are also taking place throughout the world today to mark the launch of the video. Campaigners are asked to upload pictures of themselves joining the beat for peace to Sudan365.org.