Several musicians wrote songs about Biko, including , , , and.
It also had a huge political impact, and along with other contemporary music critical of apartheid, is credited with making resistance to apartheid part of western popular culture.
News of his death spread quickly, and became a symbol of the abuses perpetrated under the apartheid government.
When the young leader of the radical black consciousness movement died in police custody in 1977, he inspired songs by the folksinger Tom Paxton, the prog-rock star Peter Hammill, the reggae artists Steel Pulse and Tappa Zukie, and, tardily but most famously, Peter Gabriel.
Folk-rock musician recorded a cover of the song for inclusion on the 2013 Gabriel tribute album.
Influenced by Gabriel's growing interest in African musical styles, the song carried a sparse two-tone beat played on Brazilian drum and vocal percussion, in addition to a distorted guitar, and a synthesised bagpipe sound.
Gabriel incorporated three songs by other composers into his recording.
Folk musicians and activist recorded a version on her 1987 album.
The concert featured a number of well-known artists, including , , , , and.
Gabriel's piece has been credited as the inspiration for many of the anti-apartheid songs that followed it.
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