When a drum circle is mentioned, you undoubtedly think of a hippie wasting time. But if it’s a drum circle with the likes of Radiohead’s Phil Selway, The Police’s Stewart Copeland, and Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason, then we’ll go ahead and grab our tie-die and meet you at the nearest quad.
According to NME, the aforementioned legendary triad are actually apart of Sudan365‘s A Beat for Peace, a project founded by Faithless drummer Jamie Catto. The aim of the campaign is to harbor peace talks and negotiations in Sudan and to prevent further escalation.
In support of the project, the drummers appeared together in an online video, which features a global drum circle that begins in Sudan and hears a beat being passed “like a baton” between 15 different countries, including England and Mexico.
“I wanted to be involved in this project because I think music is such a powerful way of bringing people together,” said Selway. “Of course, I’m biased in thinking that what’s underpinning it all is always the beat – always drummers! 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 video include Ghana’s Mustapha Tettey Addy, Snow Patrol’s Jonny Quinn and Egyptian drummer Yehia Khalil.
You can watch the video below. You can also head here to view pictures from smaller supplementary groups and events that took place during the video’s initial launch.