It is not often that I find myself at a complete loss for words. Experiencing the Playing For Change Band perform at Glastonbury was one of those rare occurrences. For this very special concert, Playing For Change musicians Clarence Bekker, Grandpa Elliott, Tal Ben Ari “Tula”, Mermans Mosengo, Jason Tamba, Louis Mhlanga, Reggie McBride, Roberto Luti, Stefano Tomaselli, Mohammed Alidu, Peter Bunetta, and Francois Vigui were joined by a number of very special guests.
Traveling from Mali, Tinariwen took the stage with the PFC Band to peform a hypnotic version of their original song “Imidiwan” leading into “War / No More Trouble.” From South Africa, Vusi Mahlasela joined the PFC Band to perform beautiful renditions of his original songs “When You Come Back” and “Letter From Havana.” And bussing their way down from Northern Ireland, Daryl Simpson and the Omagh Community Youth Choir added their beautiful voices to “Imidiwan,” “War / No More Trouble,” “Billy Jean,” “Stand by Me,” and performed their own version of “Love Rescue Me.”
For years our team has been traveling around the world in search of musical inspiration that transcends life’s daily challenges. Looking at that stage and seeing so many musicians– over 50– from such varied backgrounds who had all traveled hundreds, if not thousands of miles to perform together in the name of peace was something I will never forget.
If you were unable to attend this amazing night of music, keep checking the site, as we will be updating it with content from the show when it is available. Also, make sure to check out the PFC Band page frequently, to see when shows are announced in your area!