PFC Band Headlines the Jazz/World Stage at Glastonbury

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 MosengoJason TambaLouis MhlangaReggie McBrideRoberto LutiStefano TomaselliMohammed AliduPeter 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!

PFC Band to Headline the Jazz/World Stage at Glastonbury Festival

With the momentum of Playing For Change building around the world since the release of Hear Music — two-disc CD/DVD Playing For Change –“ Songs Around the World, the project has taken another leap forward. After a Top 10 debut on Billboard Pop Chart in the US and a strong start throughout Europe, including a top 20 chart position in Spain, the Playing For Change band has been confirmed to headline the Jazz/World stage at Glastonbury Festival in the UK on Saturday, June 27, one of the three major open air stages with a crowd capacity of approximately 25,000 people. Word of mouth spread among other Glastonbury acts that Playing For Change was confirmed on the bill and several musicians expressed interest in joining the band on stage. This resulted in Gabrialla Cilmi, Tinariwen, The Magic Numbers, Vusi Mahlasela and Baba Maal confirmed to make guest appearances with the band at Glastonbury!

We hope that all our friends and fans that are in the neighborhood will join us at Glastonbury on Saturday, for what will be an unforgettable night of music and inspiration from around the world.