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  • After their nearly sold out show in 2014, the PFC is happy to be back at the Highline Ballroom in NYC!

  • We are proud to release a new video from our Live Outside series recently recorded and filmed in the ancient West African Village of Kirina, Mali. This performance features Mahamadou Diabate and Sayba Diabate on the traditional instruments, calabash and kora, as well as PFC Band member, Roberto Luti, on steel guitar. This village is the home of one of our PFC Foundation music programs—Ecole de …

  • As a member, we invite you to be the first to watch this video before it’s released to the public. Enjoy this soulful rendition of Clarence Bekker performing an acoustic version of the song “Valerie,” live from Barcelona, Spain.

  • Playing For Change presents Ellis Hall w/ Vasti Jackson and friends live at the Byron Bay Bluesfest! Ellis Hall Through the ages, there have been a number of famous blind African American male entertainers in Gospel, Blues, Soul and Pop but few as unilaterally gifted as Ellis Hall. What other man can claim to have written 3,800 songs, sung at the funeral of Helen Keller at St. Patrick’s Cathedra …

  • Join the PFC Band along with special guest Ellis Hall for a benefit concert celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Playing For Change Foundation.

  • We are excited to share a video from a talented 21st Century Blues singer/songwriter duo and friends of ours, War & Pierce. “On and On” is a powerful testament to how far we’ve come as a human race but also speaks to how far we have to go in order to reach freedom and justice for all. Let us not forget that WE have to be the change we want to see in the world and as the son …

  • Chris Pierce & Sunny War had a friend in common, musician and producer Jared Faber.  Faber thought the two should meet and that they might hit it off….maybe there was some music to be made amongst them.  The three first got together at Faber’s Silver Lake studio for a meet and greet and out of that meeting was born “Any Day Now”, the first song written and recorded by the collect …

  • 2017 marks the 5th year that the Playing For Change Band will be gracing the stage at the Byron Bay Bluesfest and this year they’re joined by their friend, Ellis Hall. Ellis Hall Through the ages, there have been a number of famous blind African American male entertainers in Gospel, Blues, Soul and Pop but few as unilaterally gifted as Ellis Hall. What other man can claim to have written 3,8 …

  • 2017 marks the 5th year that the Playing For Change Band will be gracing the stage at the Byron Bay Bluesfest and this year they’re joined by their friend, Ellis Hall. Ellis Hall Through the ages, there have been a number of famous blind African American male entertainers in Gospel, Blues, Soul and Pop but few as unilaterally gifted as Ellis Hall. What other man can claim to have written 3,8 …

  • Playing For Change presents Ellis Hall w/ Vasti Jackson and friends live at the Byron Bay Bluesfest! Ellis Hall Through the ages, there have been a number of famous blind African American male entertainers in Gospel, Blues, Soul and Pop but few as unilaterally gifted as Ellis Hall. What other man can claim to have written 3,800 songs, sung at the funeral of Helen Keller at St. Patrick’s Cathedra …

  • 2017 marks the 5th year that the Playing For Change Band will be gracing the stage at the Byron Bay Bluesfest and this year they’re joined by their friend, Ellis Hall. Ellis Hall Through the ages, there have been a number of famous blind African American male entertainers in Gospel, Blues, Soul and Pop but few as unilaterally gifted as Ellis Hall. What other man can claim to have written 3,8 …

  • From the award-winning documentary, “Playing For Change: Peace Through Music,” comes “Stand By Me,” the first of many Songs Around The World produced by Playing For Change. This Ben E. King classic features musicians around the world recorded by the Playing For Change team during their travels. This song continues to remind us that music has the power to break down boundari …

  • This video is from our CD/DVD, PFC3: Songs Around The World, which takes us on a musical trip from the roots of Mexico into the heart of Africa. Watch and listen to how easily this traditional song travels the globe uniting musicians, rhythms and cultures and takes us to the place where we are all united people finding our way through the music. “La Bamba” featuring David Hidalgo and C …

  • Playing For Change 3: Songs Around The World, is a musical journey featuring over 180 musicians from 32 countries. The album includes performances from Keith Richards, Sara Bareilles, Andrés Calamaro, Toots Hibbert from Toots & The Maytals, Cesar Rosas and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Keb' Mo', and Taj Mahal in addition to a song produced by Jackson Browne.

  • Celebrating our 100th episode!! We want to thank all of you for helping us to make this music, spread messages of love and hope, and build a global family. This one’s for you: “Down By the Riverside” around the world from our latest CD/DVD, PFC3, and featuring Grandpa Elliott, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Congolese Choir of Grace. Happy 100th Episode!   //

  • Playing For Change 2: Songs Around The World, is a continuation and evolution of our mission. This album brings together over 150 musicians from 25 countries; all recorded and filmed live outside. We traveled from from West African villages to favelas in Brazil, from New Orleans to Japan and witnessed a world full of so much hope and love. Together we are not only searching for a better world, but …

  • Dandara Manoela, 24 years old, divides her time between University and her love for the studies of music. She is vocalist of the MPB autoral band Seu Baldecir and of the woman band of samba-reggae Cores de Aidê. Her main project consists in the execution of her own songs, as well as making Samba and MPB interpretations with local musicians. Their musical plurality also represents a symbol of resi …

  • Addia Furtado, an actress and percussionist, develops her percussive research on the rhythms of Afro-Brazilian culture and traditional rhythms from West African countries, a region of the ancient Mandingo Empire, having already taken courses with african masters: Sekouba Oulare, Babara Bangoura, Fode Bangoura, Bolokada Conde, among others. Also trained as an actress and producer since 2003. She i …

  • Singer and composer, Marissol Mwaba has her artistic work marked by the fusion of a diversity of musical influences with the African cultural panorama, mainly with the music of Katanga province, in the center of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (original country of her parents). Her process of artistic creation and expression combines these influences with a personal way of composing and singi …

  • For seven years our small film crew traveled the world with recording equipment and cameras in search of inspiration — we traveled from streets and subways to native Indian reservations, through African towns and villages, up to the Himalayan Mountains and beyond. Throughout the journey we created a movement connecting the world through music. This album is a collective statement from over 100 m …

  • “Clandestino” is a song of the people and this video represents the hearts and spirits of all those in search of a better world. This Playing For Change version began with an Oud master in Morocco and gypsies in Budapest and then we layered bass, percussion, strings and vocals from Manu Chao and friends until it formed into a Global Roots Reggae-Latin Jam around the world. United peopl …

  • We invite you to get into this Live Outside version of the Lionel Richie song, “Stuck On You,” performed by Mermans Mosengo. Spread the love!

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  • We are proud to release an all new video from our Live Outside series featuring the song, “Weary Blues,” performed live in Los Angeles by the California Feetwarmers. When life has you down, the music will always be here to lift you up!! Turn it up, pass it around, and together we change the world, one heart and one song at a time. The players, L to R: Patrick Morrison: plectrum banjo …

  • Now in its 6th year, OneBeat is cultivating a pioneering international network of leading artistic, technological, and social innovators in music. An initiative of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in collaboration with the groundbreaking New York-based music organization Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation, OneBeat employs collaborative original music as …

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  • The PFC Band made a trip to visit the new Playing For Change Foundation School in Cajuru (Curitiba), Brazil and share music with its students. Proceeds from both of the band’s performances in Curitiba have benefitted the school there.

  • Enjoy this member exclusive Song Around The World of “Minuit” featuring Baaba Mal.

  • Enjoy this Live Outside video of “Miriya,” recorded in Sikasso, Mali.

  • The PFC Band performs “What’s My Number” live from their December 2016 show at the Opera De Arame in Curitiba, Brazil.

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  • Higher Ground is a song that speaks of the perseverance it takes to reach the higher consciousness. Let’s all keep trying together, one heart and one song at a time, until we all reach the Higher Ground.

  • Playing For Change Band 'Live in Brazil' showcases the band's energetic performance at their sold-out concert at the Opera de Arame in Curitiba, Brazil. With songs such as "Get Up Stand Up," "Pata Pata," and the song that started it all, "Stand By Me," this album is sure to be a classic. Also includes the PFC Band original song, "Matinda", by Mermans Mosengo.

  • A musical journey of discovery that celebrates the freedom and the lives of American street musicians.

  • Songs recorded live outside during our travels to Mali and Senegal

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  • A reggae rumba roots album with music and messages from deep in the heart of Africa. Music is My Ammunition features Detroit bass legend Reggie McBride as well as Jamaican brothers Courtney “Bam” Diedrick on drums and Sean “Pow” Diedrick on keyboards (both perform in Damian Marley’s band). The result is an album that crisscrosses Africa to blend diverse influences of roots reggae, makoss …

  • This week we honor the life and legacy of the great Martin Luther King Jr., a man who gave his life to serve others and fight the injustices of the world. In celebration of his birthday, we’d like to share this intimate performance of Clarence Bekker singing “Talkin’ Bout A Revolution.” We hope this song speaks to your heart and that you carry love and compassion for a …

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  • Música gravada ao vivo fora em 5 continentes. Das ruas de Santa Monica, CA às aldeias de Kirina, Mali às montanhas de Victoria, Austrália, aprecie artistas como Roger Ridley, Baaba Mal, Tinariwen, Genevieve Chadwick e Blind Boy Paxton em uma viagem musical que Não conhece fronteiras. Discover musicians from this playlist:  

  • Check out this member exclusive video of Afro Fiesta performing the Bob Marley & The Wailers song, “Duppy Conqueror,” live from their Music is My Ammunition album release concert in Denver, CO. Be sure sure to visit your member dashboard to download your copy of Afro Fiesta’s album for free!

  • A founding member of the Metepec dance community, Alex GM has been participating in pre-Hispanic music and dance since 1991. He also plays various percussion and wind instruments with a local group called Guardian del fuego nuevo (Guardians of the New Fire). This is the group he is seen playing with on PFC’s “Words of Wonder/Get Up Stand Up” Song Around The World on PFC3. How did you meet PF …

  • Julio Ledezma was born in Posadas Misiones, at 6 years old started playing in Scolas do Samba (Samba Schools) in this city heavily influence by Brazilian music. Won 4 awards consecutive years in Posadas Misiones and in later years participated in the “Defensores de la Patria” Scola do Samba based in Porto Alegre, performing in Florinapolis and Lagoa Brazil. About at the same age starte …

  • Ernan Lopez Nussa is a renowned Cuban pianist who has built an international reputation on his ability to combine rhythm, lyricism and fusion in an authentic manner. He is a gifted composer, arranger, and interpreter, creating music with impressive formal richness and great versatility. Ernan studied classical piano at the prestigious Cuban Institute of Arts, and developed his musical style in the …

  • Andrés Calamaro is an icon of the Argentinean rock, Latin Grammy Award winner and former of the band Los Rodríguez who was a major success in Spain in the 1990’™s. Singer, composer and guitarist Andrés has sold over 1 million albums over his career. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Andrés was just 17 years old when he first made a name for himself in the world of Argentine rock. He was aske …

  • There may be no stranger concert venue than Havana’s Jardines de La Tropical, a former beer garden overhung with jungle vines on the banks of the Almendares River, a place where Tarzan the Ape Man might have thrown moonlight rave parties. The legendary status of Los Jardines began in the 1940s, when Mambo pioneer Arsenio Rodriguez played Sunday dances here because no other performance space in H …

  • Tom Nascimento got his first guitar when he was 8 months old, starting his guitar lessons at 6 years old. After that, his passion for music grew more and more. He started his music career very young; at 19 years old he was playing in bars and at small concerts. He decided to stay in the music business and nowadays he is one of the most incredible artists in Brazil. Nascimento is inspired by Legiao …

  • Leon Mobley’s natural talent and infectious smile have taken him a long way. From child actor on PBS Television show Zoom to touring the globe as a drummer/ percussionist with Damian Marley (present) or Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals (1993-present) it is undeniable that Leon is an accomplished musician. Leon has been a signature series artist with Remo who has manufactured and marke …

  • Jorge Parra Jr. is a percussionist and a producer born in 1985 in Barranquilla, Colombia. He studied music in Medellin and Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has collaborated with artists like Joe Arroyo, Charlie Zaa, Iván Villazón, Jorge Oñate, Los Gigantes del Vallenato, Maelo Ruiz, Binomio de Oro, Fruko y sus Tesos, Oscar D’León, Diego Galo, Lebron Brothers, David Canizares and Ramani Latino …

  • Eva Grinan (1946-2013) is a Cuban vocalist who  studied at the ENA (National School of Arts) with Professor Ana Romanian Talmaciano (former singer of the Bucharest Opera) and later studied at the Center for Overcoming Art and Culture in Santiago de Cuba. For years she was a part of the Choir Santiago, and won numerous awards with this band, recording several albums, performing in major concert ha …

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  • To get the year started right we are happy to share our first PFC Live Outside video of the year recorded and filmed in Florianopolis, Brazil. This video features the talents of Dandara Manoela on vocals, Marissol Mwaba on bass, and Addia Furtado on jembe.  Great music and art exists in the moment and when it happens it can inspire us and move us all closer to our shared humanity. Turn it up …

  • William Aura’s conscious dedication to global concerns has brought him over a dozen times to the Tibetan world. Witnessing the poverty of these simple but loving people, he made a promise to be a voice for the disadvantaged. His extraordinary video footage is featured in Rick Ray’s award winning film “10 Questions for the Dalai Lama.” In 2002, he founded the Aura Imports Sponsorship Projec …

  • Originally from New York, Chaz lived in Boulder, CO for most of his life, and has played with a variety of bands. In 2000, Chaz arrived in New Orleans and immediately established himself as a seasoned musician and formed the Washboard Chaz Blues Trio. As a performer, Chaz has achieved international recognition in acoustic country blues. He has shared the stage with Bonnie Raitt, John Hammond, Taj …

  • Vusi Mahlasela is a South African singer/songwriter whose music is generally described as “African folk.” His work was an inspiration to many in the anti-apartheid movement. His themes include the struggle for freedom, and forgiveness and reconciliation with your enemies. He tours on his own, and in collaboration with other artists regularly, and played in U.S. as recently as the Spring of 200 …

  • Eclectic Guitarist Vinnie Caggiano has made composition and performance of music the centerpiece of his lifestyle. He pursued his musical education both formally and through multi-cultural life experience. Originally from New York City, Vinnie received a degree in Music Composition at Five Towns College on Long Island. His life experience brought him into the genre of Traditional African music, …

  • Venkat has played with many music directors in Chennai, India and has recorded on some of India’s most famous films and TV programs. In addition to his local fame, he has performed abroad in over 15 countries. He is a master of all Indian percussion: Tabla, Mridangam, Kanjira, Ghatam, Dholak, Dolki, Ghatasinghari, Tavil,Pambai, Udukkai, Tape, Duff, Bass Dholak and Timing Instruments. How we met: …

  • Vasti Jackson is a soulful world renowned guitarist, and vocalist whose presence captures an audience the moment he takes the stage. Vasti (pronounced Vast-Eye) Jackson is a consummate performer, songwriter, arranger, and producer. From his early beginnings playing in churches, and juke joints in McComb, Mississippi, to festivals, Concerts, and theatres around the world. Vasti move effortlessly fr …

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  • Amidst turmoil, poverty and survival, Tyhundza, meaning “push,” was created. Tyhundza is a South African backyard jazz band that reveals the truth and power behind music, inspiring us all to believe in a blessed life, that has no boundaries, no limitations, no religion, nor economic status. Tyhundza’s mission is to share this belief with their coummunity’s youth in hopes to cultivate a str …

  • Based in Zuni, New Mexico, The Twin Eagle Drum Group continues a tradition of music that traces back 60,000 years. The group fuses ancient drumming techniques with vocal harmonies to create a powerful sound that represents the traditions and beliefs of the Native Zuni people. How we met: The award-winning Northern Cheyenne singer, Shelley Morningsong, and her husband, Fabian Fontanelle, crossed ou …

  • Tshotsho is one of the few musicians that truly takes his instrument to the next level. He was born in Congo, and moved to Cape Town, South Africa to create a better life for himself. How we met: We met Tshotsho playing congas with Afro Fiesta, and after seeing the speed and freedom of his hands, have been recording him ever since. Mo’ Fire!

  • Tsering Gyurmey is a traditional and contemporary singer from Nepal, and has played an instrumental role in making traditional Tibetan music more accessible to younger audiences. For fans outside of India and Nepal, his beautiful voice and effortless damien playing make his music enjoyable, even if the listener does not understand the lyrics. Over the course of his career he has performed around t …

  • Toumani Diabaté was born in Bamako, Mali, in 1965, in a griot family. His father was known as “the king of kora” and Toumani is the 71th generation of musician in his family. He started to play kora at the age of 5 and is now considered one of the greatest players of this traditional west african instrument. Toumani recorded his legendary album, Kaira (1988) in only a couple of hours and revo …

  • Toto is the certainly the greatest messenger of traditional Colombian music around the globe. She is the fourth generation of musicians in her family. She started to sing and dance at a very young age and her professional career began at the end of the 60s. Her music is a pure mix of African, Indian and Latin influences: cumbia, porro, chalupa, bolero, mapale, among many other styles. Everything s …

  • Toots Hibbert is a Reggae, Ska and Soul singer from Jamaica. He is the founder of the legendary Jamaican band Toots and the Maytals, which originated in the early sixties. Toots is known for inventing the word “reggae” with his song “Do the Reggay”, released in 1968. With this, he had a hand in creating the reggae music genre. After a few months spent in jail for possession …

  • A Grammy-nominated arranger equally at home in jazz, blues, and rock and roll settings, Tom’s eclectic abilities have led him to collaborate with a Who’s-Who of internationally acclaimed artists. Tom is well-known for his work on Al Jarreau’s first seven albums, serving as Al’s Musical Director, co-writer and co-producer. He has also toured and recorded with Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Way …

  • Titi is a young woman that hails from Gugulethu, a black African township in the suburbs of Cape Town, South Africa.  Raised by a mother who was an actor, and a father who was a singer, Titi began singing at a very early age.  Since then, she has enjoyed a successful career both as a solo musician, and as a member of various bands. She is since 2009 a member of the Playing For Change Band.  He …

  • The Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA) is the premiere exile institute entrusted with the responsibility of preserving and promoting Tibet’s unique tradition of performing arts. The Communist Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1959 forced His Holiness the Dalai Lama and some 80,000 Tibetans to flee india. After the occupation, the Chinese authorities attacked every aspect of Tibetan culture …

  • Tinariwen is a band created in the early 80s by Tuareg musicians from northern Mali’s Kidal region. Their music, often designed as “Blues from the desert,” is a deep expression of the suffering of the Tuareg people and their life in the Saharan desert. Ibrahim Ag Alhabib, the band leader, was a rebel years ago, but he now preaches peace trough music. Since the end of the 90s the band has bee …

  • A spontaneous musical encounter in the streets of Barcelona. This sequence is part of the Peace Through Music Documentary film we produced during the recording of the Songs Around The World.

  • Led by influential guitarist and songwriter Franco (born: Francois Luambo Makiadi), TPOK Jazz helped to lay the foundation for the Congolese sound. Combining Cuba’s son and rhumba tradition with Central African influences, the group provided some of the best dance music to come out of Africa in the 1960s, ’70s, and early ’80s. Sam Mangwana and Papa Noel were early bandmembers. Formed in 1955 …

  • As a three-member ensemble formed by Novi Sad Music Academy graduates: Ena Petkovic, Antonija Barna and Dina Milivojev, the PFC – Novi Sad String Trio delivers an inspiring and dynamic live performance hosting a bold and original music repertoire. They often collaborate with renowned artists from other fields of music, theatre and dance and have supported many projects such as PFC and Azalai. …

  • The Nazareth Orchestra specializes in performances of classical, traditional & Arabic music, played with traditional acoustic instruments. Fearuting the finest Arab, Jewish and Muslims musicians and singers from Nazareth and Galilee, the musicians of the Nazareth Orchestra are ambassadors of peace. The Nazareth Orchestra has played in festivals throughout Europe and the United States, and have …

  • Born in India, these three Tibetan brothers, Jamyang, Jigme and Ingsel, retain their parents’ refugee status. Their music portrays the struggle of their people, performed in a style which is a true fusion between East and West. During an interview, Jigme explained that he sees their band as a revolution. While traditional Tibetan songs are beautiful and poetic, their meaning is lost on many. By …

  • In 1990 five Palestinian musicians and music teachers conducted a study on the status of music in Palestine. They concluded that there was an urgent need to establish a music school to fill the huge gap in music education in the Palestinian society. In 1993, the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music was established in Ramallah, with branches in Jerusalem, and Bethlehem following soon after. T …

  • Tambores del Cabildo is a group of musicians and dancers dedicated to traditional arts and musical ideas based on maintaining and reviving musical traditions. The band, directed by Rafael Arcangel Ramos Caraballo, Colombian musician, percussionist and producer, is composed of 25 musicians and over 10 dancers. Beyond the band itself, Tambores del Cabildo is also a music school dedicated to teach Co …

  • Tal Ben Ari a.k.a. “Tula” is a singer and songwriter from Tel Aviv, Israel, based in Barcelona. She began her singing, piano and dance studies at the age of 7 and spent all of her free time during her childhood full of these activities, showing a special passion for music. In the process of her studies, with her teachers, she explored different areas of music, like jazz, soul and Medit …

  • Rising Son makes for the perfect title for the Blue Note debut from Takuya Kuroda, an ascendant trumpeter and composer who is perhaps best known for his inspired presence in vocalist José James’ band over the past several years. In fact, Rising Son finds Kuroda stepping forth to helm James’ remarkable band – featuring keyboardist Kris Bowers, electric bassist Solomon Dorsey, drummer Nate Sm …

  • Composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Taj Mahal is one of the most prominent and influential figures in late 20th century blues and roots music. Though his career began more than four decades ago with American blues, he has broadened his artistic scope over the years to include music representing virtually every corner of the world: west Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, the Haw …

  • Composer and keyboardist Steve Molitz has played over a thousand shows around the world since he started his career as a touring musician in 2000. His Los Angeles based electrorock band Particle has played all the major US festivals from Bonnaroo to Lollapalooza, and has received critical praise from Rolling Stone, CNN, and The New York Times. Their 2004 instrumental studio album (produced by Tom …

  • Sur Sudha is known as Nepal’s “Musical Ambassadors,” and is dedicated to creating music that disseminates a universal message of peace and harmony, and supports the effort to remove poverty from the face of the Earth. Their music additionally works to demonstrate how two of the world’s great religions-Hinduism and Buddhism-find perfect fusion in Nepal. Sur Sudha seek to promote these ideal …

  • Stephen is the son of Rita and Bob Marley. He started his music career at 8 years old with the Melody Makers, performing on stage his brothers and sisters Ziggy, Cedella and Sharon. Stephen also worked with his brother Damian for several albums and won a Grammy in 2012 for his album The Root of Life. How we met: We met Stephen in Jamaica in 2010 for the recording of “Redemption Song”. …

  • Stefano Tomaselli is a saxophone player from Pisa, Italy. He starts playing at the age of 13 and a few years later starts studying with saxophonist Dimitri Grechi Espinoza. His early interest and curiosity in discovering differents cultures brought him to move to Barcelona at the age of 20, where from he had the opportunity to play in many different musical context, from traditional jazz to salsa, …

  • Sinamuva is a choir formed in Umlazi, South Africa, by Bhekani Memela in 2004. The choir is accompanied by a violin in their original set up. You can listen to one of their original songs we recorded in Umlazi, “Izulu”, here. Sinamuva recorded vocals on our first songs around the World, during our first trip to South Africa in 2006, and came to Madrid in December 2009 to perform with t …

  • “I was born in Livorno, Italy, and I started playing bass, my first and only instrument of choice, at 13. I formed a band with my brother Roberto Luti and we grew up happy and joyful thanks to the common passion for music. Thanks to the music I’ve been in a lot of places in Europe and USA, met a lot of different people and, overall, I discovered a huge range of emotions that only music …

  • Sierra Leone´s Refugee All Stars are a band of six Sierra Leonean musicians who came together to form a band while living in a refugee camp in Guinea. Many of their family and friends were murdered in the war, leaving each of them with physical and emotional scars that may never heal. Despite the unimaginable horrors of civil war, they were saved and brought hope and happiness to their fellow ref …

  • When we asked Sidney to tell us about himself, he said: “Well, I’m carioca (Rio de Janeiro native), I am 45 years old and have worked with the following artists: João Nogueira, Almir Guineto, Sonia Santos, Geraldo Azevedo, Moraes Moreira, Fernanda Abreu, Forrosacana, and currently with Diogo Nogueira and Seu Jorge. I knew Playing For Change through the songs around the world, but Pretinho da …

  • Sherieta is a singer/songwriter and vocal arranger from Kingston, Jamaica. Although she has only recently launched her solo musical career, she is no stranger to the reggae music industry, penning lyrics for artists such as Etana, Luciano, Marica Griffiths and Jah Cure to name a few and has also done background vocals for the likes of Tarrus Riley, Diana King, Duane Stephenson and a host of other …

  • While filming in Kathmandu, our crew lived at Sechen Monastery. Life at the monastery is a life of pattern. 5AM: a bell tolls. 5:15AM, it tolls again. Again at 5:20AM. 5:21AM. Thirty seconds later. Twenty seconds later. 10 seconds later. Then 5. Now the air is filled with the repetitive sound of mallet striking centuries-old metal. And now you are awake. Welcome to Sechen Monastery. Here, with a b …

  • Conscious roots songstress Saritah (sa-REE-ta) is on a worldwide musical mission to uplift, inspire and heal. Bursting with an organic sound that is a uniquely feminine blend of reggae, soul, acoustic and dancehall flavours, Saritah has a relentless passion for inspiring people to live their purpose and to follow their dreams. A festival favourite with her infectious, beaming smile and colourful, …

  • A gifted songwriter and a versatile pianist with no formal training, Sara Bareilles burst onto the pop scene with a naturally skilled voice that ranged from powerful and soulful to sweet and gentle, earning her instant comparisons to Fiona Apple and Norah Jones. At age 18, she left the Redwood forests of her hometown, Eureka, California, in pursuit of a music career in Los Angeles. Although she at …

  • How we met: While on our journey of recording and filming musicians in Brazil, someone told us that all we needed to do was shake a tree, and musicians would fall out like fruit. That couldn’t have been more true! It was one of our last days in Salvador Bahia when we discovered this band, Sangue Brasileiro

  • Sandra is a singer and songwriter, from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, who’s talent has been illuminating Brazilian popular music for more than two decades. Her artistic versatility and her tone of voice allow her to sing samba, blues or jazz with an incredible intensity. Her voice and personality attracted brazilian singer Cazuza to a friendship that went beyond the professional realm. Sandra was con …

  • Said Chraibi was born in 1951 in Marrakech, Morocco, but was raised in the city of Fez. He began playing the oud, an ancient string instrument popular in Arabic countries, at the age of 13 and went on to study Andalusian music at university. He subsequently toured widely throughout North Africa and the Middle East and in 1986, at the age of thirty-five, he won a prestigious prize at a competition …

  • Rodrigo Rodriguez was born in Jacinto, Bolivar in 1951. He started his professional musical career in 1975 with his first recording, Discos Tropical. After this first album, he recorded with Julio Fontalvo, Miguel Cabrera, Alvaro Carrasco, Jairo Gil, Gabriel Chamorro, Rodolfo Aycardi, Hernan Villa, Oswaldo Olivera, Miguel Apacheco and many more. In addition, Rodriguez is a well-known accordion tec …

  • Every now and then you hear a voice that penetrates your very soul, the kind of voice you would just love to hear singing your favourite love song or passionately championing your greatest concern: Roslyn Williams has such a voice. This Gemini grew up as the youngest of nine siblings. At times when it was challenging to even find food Roslyn and her siblings would sing, dance and play music, with …

  • Roger Ridley and his music embody everything that music is : soul, perseverance, and talent. He has often been called “the voice of God” by the other street musicians on the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, California. His dedication to his audience is clear, traveling from his home in Las Vegas, Nevada to his spot in Santa Monica every Saturday and giving his best performance before retu …

  • Rocky Dawuni –GRAMMY nominated Ghanaian musician and activist straddles the boundaries between Africa, the Caribbean and the U.S. to create his appealing Afro Roots sound that unites generations and cultures. A galvanizing performer, Dawuni has shared the stage with Stevie Wonder, Peter Gabriel, Bono, Jason Mraz, Janelle Monae and John Legend, among many others. Nam …

  • Happy Birthday Roberto Luti!! Some dreams do come true. It was an honor to have Taj Mahal join the PFC Band onstage at Byron Bay Bluesfest, Australia. “I’m feeling so much better I can cakewalk into town…” Roberto Luti was born in Livorno, Italy, in 1977. He grew up hearing and listening to the blues and rock & roll records his father, a big time music lover, played in …

  • Robert Bradley joined the Playing For Change family in 2002 when we were shooting our first documentary film, “Playing For Change: A Cinematic Discovery of Street Music.” We had created an original blues song while traveling across the USA and had all the instruments arranged and edited but didn´t have the vocals yet. We had heard of Robert’s interesting background– a nomadic, bli …

  • Renard Poché is a multi-instrumentalist/songwriter/producer whose track record has earned him the reputation as one of the most inventive and multi-talented musicians to come from the city of New Orleans. He has worked with over 30 Grammy Award winners and has written, collaborated, recorded and/or performed on guitar, trombone, percussion, flute, recorders, bass or vocals with artists including …

  • Reinaldo Elosegui Oviedo is from Havana, Cuba, where he started his musical carrier as a vocalist during the 80’™s playing with several orchestras and performing regularly on television with Los Yakos. Reinaldo has also performed with artists such as Omara Portuondo and Cachao and traveled to Mexico and  Europe to perform on several occasions. Reinaldo, aka”œel loco de la salsa̶ …

  • Reggie McBride is widely known for his bass playing on albums and live performances since 1969. His credits include Stevie Wonder, Parliament Funkedelics, Rare Earth, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Keb’ Mo’, Ry Cooder, B.B. King, Van Morrison, Boz Scaggs, Rick Springfield, Herbie Hancock, John Lee Hooker, and many others. Reggie continues to ignite the airwaves with his style and technique of bass p …

  • Rajhesh Vaidhya was brought up in a rich musical environment. His father Sri K.M. Vaidyanathan was a stalwart both in Mridangam and Ghatam. His tutelage under Smt. Jeyalakshmi started at the age of six and he continued learning the finer nuances of music from Smt Rama Nambinarayanan his advanced training from the world-renowned carnatic veena maestro, Shri Chitti Babu. Rajhesh Vaidhya is not only …

  • Growing up in grassroots movements, as the son of labor union organizers, Flores inherited an undying accountability to community struggles. From land struggles with South Central farmers, immigration reform, supermarket workers union strike, and the indigenous Zapatista struggle, to the everyday community struggles in East Los Angeles, he has been active with music in hand. Since 1993, he has bee …

  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band derives its name from the Preservation Hall venue located in New Orleans™ French Quarter. The band is known for performing traditional New Orleans-style jazz. The musicians in the groups have varied during the years since the founding of the hall in the early 1960s. Bands of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band perform at Preservation Hall on 726 St. Peter Street in the Fre …

  • Pokie took up the double bass in his twenties after suffering a knee injury in soccer. Since then Pokie has played in several bands throughout Cape Town, and today he is proud to share his musical skills on the double bass and electric bass with eager students of his community. How we met: After finishing the first Playing for Change film, “A Cinematic Discovery of Street Music,” Mark& …

  • Pierre Minetti is a songwriter, a singer and a guitarist living in Barcelona.  Born into a Uruguayan family in Nancy, France, Pierre draws his inspiration from different musical styles like Reggae, Afro Cuban, Samba, or Candombe.  Writer and composer of Don’t Worry, the first original Playing For Change song around the world, Pierre is currently involved in different musical groups like &# …

  • Kotini Bernard Shinga leads the group Phekama Africa, which means, “œRise up.”

  • Peter Bunetta is a drummer, producer and entrepreneur with three decades of success in the music business.  He brings an impeccable reputation and a rich musical legacy to The Playing For Change organization. With a hand in over 75 million records sold, Peter has collaborated with some of music’s most talented and storied figures, including John Prine, Steve Goodman, Smokey Robinson, Patti …

  • In 1998, Aguilar released the album Por Mujeres Como Tu, the CD was in Billboard for 52 weeks and has sold two million copies worldwide. In 1999, Aguilar released the album Por Una Mujer Bonita, which won a Latin Grammy. Aguilar has been nominated for the Grammys nine times. In 2002, Aguilar was the first Mexican singer to sing at the legendary Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California. He was als …

  • Paulo Heman was born in Bahia, Brazil, and has been a musician since the age of 14. He has played and recorded with some of the greatest artists in Brazil, including Elba Ramalho, Pepeu Gomes, Chico Buaque, Djavan, and others. How we met: We first met Paulo Heman when the PFC Band performed at the Rio + 20 Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 2012.  We incorporated Brazilian musicians into the PFC perfor …

  • Paulie Cerra is a singer, songwriter and accomplished saxophonist. Infusing the sounds of cities across the American music spectrum into his own music is what makes his music so vibrant and original. Having lived in Memphis, Dallas, Nashville, Chicago and Los Angeles, he has soaked up some of the wonderful sounds of these music meccas and used them like a painter uses colors to paint a landscape. …

  • Pandit Janardan Mitta is a renowned sitar player from Chennai, India. He started as a self-taught musician and perfected his art trough the tutelage of Sitar maestro Ravi Shankar. Having mastered the nuances of the Gayaki and Tantrakari techniques of instrumental music, Pandit Janardan Mitta has traveled widely across India and abroad, capturing the interest of audiences with his inimitably delica …

  • Pablo Correa is a music producer, singer -songwriter, drummer and percussion player from Cali, Colombia. Since his arrival to Los Angeles in 2000 he has been involved in live productions as well as in the recording field for artists such as Cristina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, Katie Perry,  Playing for Change and Vilma Palma e Vampiros along many other local artists. Since 2013 Pablo is also part of …

  • Oskar Cartaya, during the course of a full career playing bass, composing, arranging and acting as musical director for an amazing array of Artists, Oskar has soaked up the influences of his homes in Puerto Rico, New York and Los Angeles to create his very unique style. A long prolific career working with the likes of Spyro Gyra, Herb Albert, Jennifer Lopez, Celia Cruz, Ruben Blades, Tito Puente, …

  • This Colombian orchestra, directed by Juan Felipe Molano is a member of the œSistema Nacional de Orquestas Juveniles e Infantiles, an organisation with origins in Venezuela and which has in the meantime spread to several other South American nations. In Colombia alone, nearly 47,000 children and young people are members of various Batuta branches of this music and education system that gives tale …

  • Orbe Ortiz, aka “Papa Orbe” was born in Santiago de Cuba in a family of musicians and learned to play cuban tres and bass guitar at a very young age. At 15 years old he started to perform with Casa de la Trova and later with artists like Felix Chapottin, Albita Rodriguez, Ignacio Piñeiro. Orbe left his native country at the end of the 80’s and traveled to Colombia where he joine …

  • Vinaya and Saindhavi have been connected to the oneness movement, a center of learning and meditation about life, truth, oneness and connectedness, for the past 12 years and began singing together in praise of Amma and Bhagavan, the founders of the Oneness Movement. They both are not only musically gifted, but also mentally inclined, which means their voices, devotion, expression and manodharma (i …

  • The Omagh Community Youth Choir was formed in October 1998 in the wake of the Omagh Bomb atrocity of August 15th 1998. This devastating act left a town of shattered dreams and a community in need of healing and solace. Local music student, Daryl Simpson, together with other youth leaders set up the choir. His vision was to bring together young people from various backgrounds and traditions, to rai …

  • Bassist and Composer Nori Naraoka was born and raised in Sapporo, Japan. Growing up in a musical family, his parents managed a music school. At the age 4, he learned piano, clarinet, trombone and saxophone taught by his father, professional saxophonist/music educator Akinori Naraoka and mother, pianist Chisono Naraoka. At the age 13, he began playing principal acoustic bass/electric bass and began …

  • Noel Schajris was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After working from very young in his career as a soloist and composer, he moved to Mexico in 1997 and subsequently recorded his first album, “Cita en la Nubes”. One year later Noel met Leonel Garcia, another great songwriter and performer, and immediately discovered the ideal formula that would unite their talents to form the success …

  • Nikola Zoric was born in Novi Sad, Vojvodina, Serbia and still resides there today. Nikola began his music education at the age of 8, attending a music school called Josip Slovenski, where he learned to play accordian, piano, and tambura, the national instrument of Panonian region. Since then (1993), he has played in various orchestras. Today his main instrument is the tambura, which he plays in a …

  • Nico Bereciartua is a musician and composer. He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1980 and was raised in a family of musicians. He started playing guitar at the age of 12 after listening to Robert Johnson and quickly got deep into slide guitar. In 2002, after playing with several bands, he and his father formed Viticus, with this band he toured Southamerica and Europe several times and releas …

  • Juan José Heredia, known as “Niño Josele” was born in Almería, Spain in 1974. As son of Josele, a celebrated singer from Almeria, Juan descends from a dynasty of musicians from Almería, a southeastern Spanish city on the Mediterranean Sea.  Juan has played around the world zith musicians ranging from Flamenco players like Paco de Luca, Enrique Morente, Duquende, Remedios Amaya or Diego el …

  • Natalie Pa’apa’™a began her music career as a street percussionist, as well as with a band called Skin, before relocating to Melbourne to concentrate on the 8-piece urban roots collective now known as Blue King Brown. Blending Latin, reggae, roots, dancehall and funk into their sound, Blue King Brown reflects the diverse cultural and musical histories of their nine touring members. Pa …

  • Mountaga Sissoko is a malian musician born in Bamako in 1966. He his the son of Bazoumana Sissoko, a famous malian n’goni player( traditional griot string instrument). Mountaga is a master talking drum and n’goni player and is also an incredible instruments hand-crafter. Since october 2010 Mountaga teaches talking drum and n’goni at the Kirina Music school. How we met: Mark met …

  • I am a singer/songwriter, born in Belgrade, lives in Novi Sad, Serbia. I finished my primary and secondary education in Novi Sad. Afterwards, I graduated from the Faculty of Agriculture also in Novi Sad. At the age of 14, I started to sing in a church chorus “Sveti Georgije/St. George”, where I had been a member for six years. At the age of 20 I entered Elementary music school, Vocal D …

  • Upon his arrival to South Africa from Congo in 1998, Mermans joined the Young Bakuba Band as a drummer and bass guitar player. After a year in the band he found that his independence and musical style were being limited and so he branched out on his own as a solo artist in 1999. He was soon in high demand doing solo gigs at various Cape Town venues, however, he decided that he preferred a band set …

  • Mathole was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa, and was brought up by a grandparent in Thabanchu. leaving the Free State when he was a little boy. He learnt from most of the older generation of guitarists. He lists what is a who’s who of South African guitar legends: Enoch Mtalane, Baba Mokoena, Allen Kwela and so on. But his biggest influence of all time is Marks Mankhwane, who was the firs …

  • Born in the historic center of Salvador, Pelourinho, Marcio began playing percussion in bands such as: Alvorada, A‰bano, Muzenza. Professionally, he started with the band S/A do Bloco Caramelo and during this time he studied percussions with: Gabi Guedes, Bira Reis, Lourimbal, Perc-Pan among others. Marcio has accompanied singers and bands from Brazil and Europe such as: Sarajane, Alexandre Leo …

  • Manuela Mejia, a medellin native who has long married her art to her interest in social causes, says her mission is to transmit love and good vibes through music. How we met: While the PFC crew was in Colombia, Manuela played a vital role both as a musician, and as by introducing the crew to some amazing Colombian musicians!

  • Manuel Galban (1931-2011) is a Grammy Award winner Cuban guitarist, pianist and arranger native from Gibara, in the Holguí­n Province of eastern Cuba. Along his long career he has worked with Los Zafiros, La vieja Trova Santiaguera, Ry Cooder and Buena Vista Social Club among many other musical projects. In 2001 he and Ry Cooder recorded Mambo Sinuendo, which won the 2003 Grammy for Best Pop Ins …

  • Manu Chao is a French singer and activist of Spanish (Galician-Basque) origin. He sings mainly in Spanish, French, English and Portuguese although occasionally in a number of other languages as well. Chao began his musical career with Hot Pants, a French band that combined several musical styles and languages. He then founded the band Mano Negra with his brother Antoine and several friends in 1987 …

  • Mansour Seck was born in the village of Gueda Foutatouro region, in the north of Senegal. He is a blind singer and talented guitarist who grew up in a renowned griot family. Mansour is a close friend of Baaba Maal since his young age. As members of his family used to play during weddings and baptisms, Mansour learned music from an early age, particularly with his grand mother. He lived in Paris du …

  • Mahamadou is a Malian musician who descend of a “griot” family that plays music since the 13h Century. His father was a great kora player and his brother Toumani is actually the best kora player in the world. Mahamadou grew up in a musical environment and studied music during five years at the INA ( National Institute of Arts in Bamako). He travelled several times to Europe to perform …

  • Luke Winslow King is a guitarist, singer, composer, and lyricist known for his slide guitar work, and interest in pre-war blues and traditional jazz. Winslow King’™s work consists of an eclectic mix, taking in delta-folk music, classical composition, ragtime, and rock and roll; juxtaposing original songs with those from a bygone era. Following his critically acclaimed Bloodshot Records debut Th …

  • Luis Conte’s genius stems from his ability to integrate the powerful rhythms of his native Cuba with the American necessities of American pop music. His long and varied career has included numerous Hollywood film scores and mega-successful albums with Madonna, Ray Charles, Phil Collins, Santana, Shakira, Jackson Browne, Sergio Mendes, Cachao, and a multitude of other artists too numerous to …

  • Louis Mhlanga is a highly accomplished musician from Zimbabwe. Although a guitar player by profession, he loves all instruments, from the traditional to the modern. “My music is just an expression of my experiences and the connection I have with day-to-day events,” says Mhlanga. “It is also about the happiness I feel when I am able to reach other souls through music.” How w …

  • Lorenzo Martinez is an American musician who won the Grammy Award for the Best Tejano Album in 2009, for his work with Los Texmaniacs on “Borders Y Bailes”. He grew up in southeast Los Angeles and “took up the vihuela guitar and the guitarrón acoustic bass and began playing Mexican music. He studied mariachi at UCLA with Natividad Cano of Mariachi los Camperos. At the same time, he started …

  • Lila Downs, born in Oaxaca, Mexico, is the daughter of Mixtec singer Anita Sanchez and Allen Downs, a Scottish-American art professor and filmmaker. She grew up in Oaxaca, California, and Minnesota, where she graduated from the University of Minnesota in voice and anthropology. Downs performs her own compositions as well as tapping into Mexican traditional and popular music. She also incorporates …

  • Born on November 7, 1964, Liam  Maonla­ is an Irish musician and recording artist. In 1985 he teamed up with schoolmate Fiachna Ó Braonain to form the Hothouse Flowers, a band that has released a number of albums and played in front of stadium sized crowds and festivals such as Glastonbury. In addition to his work with the Flowers, in 2005 Liam released a solo album performed in Irish Gaelic en …

  • Through his poetry, Lesego gives voice to the lost generation of apartheid. Once a law student, he gave up his studies to focus himself solely on his art, becoming one of the most relentless South African artists in the years leading up to the fall of apartheid. When asked in an interview to summarize his artistic goals, he replied “Whether that pleases the kings and princes of this earth is …

  • Leandro Joaquim is a trumpet player born in Ribeirao Preto (SP), Brazil who has been living in Rio de Janeiro for 8 years. Leandro has participated in performances and recordings with many national renowned artists of such as: Elba Ramalho, Cidade Negra, Marcos Vale, Joao Donato, Paula Morelembau, Hyldon, Carlos Dafé, Alexandre Pires, Lucas Santana, Hermeto Pascoal, Heraldo do Monte, Jose Roberto …

  • Marisol “La Marisoul” Hernandez was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and she is the lead singer in the mexican-american band “La Santa Cecilia”. The band brings inspiration from all over the world, using Pan-American rythms like rumba, bolero, cumbia, tango, jazz, rock and klezmer music. For their full-length studio album, Treinta Dias, the band won a Grammy for B …

  • Kiran Nepali, a renowned Sarangi player from Nepal, is a member of the folk band Kutumba. He is a third generation Sarangi player in his family, and explains that he is greatly influenced by his grandfather, father and uncles, who were all Sarangi players of their times. Kiran spent 4 weeks studying the Sarangi in the Batulechaur area, a well-known Gandharva settlement close to Pokhara. Kiran also …

  • Kim Churchill’s style is explosive, with intricate fingerpicking, percussive beats on the body of the guitar, and two-handed tapping intertwined with an earthy stomp box, powerful harmonica melodies and soulful voice. His songwriting reflects his coastal lifestyle growing up on the East Coast of Australia, with the surf at his front door as well as his nomadic life on the road. Kim started h …

  • Keiko Komaki personifies music. An accomplished pianist and B-3 player.  Keiko Komaki hails from Kagoshima, Japan. Keiko began playing the piano at just 5 years old. After graduation from Kunitachi College of Music, she quickly became more interested in the improvisation world playing funk, blues, and jazz fusion rather than her classical roots. However, it was a few years later where she learned …

  • Singer-Songwriter and guitarist Keb’ Mo’s music is a living link to the seminal Delta blues that traveled up the Mississippi River and across the expanse of America–informing all of its musical roots–before evolving into a universally celebrated art form. Born Kevin Moore in South Los Angeles to parents originally from the deep South, he adopted his better known stage name …

  • The Kali Percussion group consists of: Abba Cisse (djembe), Bainy Sissoko (N’Gony, Tamany), Lamine Traore (djembe), Oilmar Traore (djembe), Bandjougou Kone (djembe, guitar, simby), Mohamed Lamine Sissoko (djembe, doundoun), Kassim Traore (doundoun), Issiaka Dembele (dancer), Mamadou M’Baye (dancer), Tieble Diarra (dancer), Mariam Kaba Diakite (dancer), Karim Coulibaly (doudoun), Moriba …

  • Juan Carlos Victoria Muñoz was born in Cali, Colombia in 1984. After teaching himself to play guitar and bass, he started his musical career as a mere teenager, playing in many different bands. Years later, his tour took him to Bogotá, where he met Toto la Momposina, a legendary singer from Colombia. He is currently part of the band, Toño Barrio Latin Groove. How we met: We met Juan Carlos wh …

  • Born in Venezuela, he studied at the classical conservatory of music where he acquired his knowledge in music theory, harmony and performance that later would shape his skills as a sideman, recording artist and TV commercial producer. Living in LA since 1996 Juan Carlos had the opportunity to develop his style and work in different areas of the music business, recording and performing various musi …

  • Jeffery “Jellybean” Alexander plays drums in Papa Grows Funk Band. Papa Grows Funk is a funk band from New Orleans, Louisiana. The band was started by frontman John “Papa” Gros in early 2000, developing from a series of Monday night jam sessions helmed by Gros at New Orleans Maple Leaf Bar. Gros would invite some friends down to play, and the impromptu jams became a common …

  • Jon Porlas Jr. was born in Hawaii and has lived there for 50 years. He is a percussionist by trade, playing all styles of music including Hawaiian, reggae, hip hop, contemporary, jazz, and country, with various different bands in Hawaii. Jon has recorded music many times over the years, and he is still going strong. Jon is proud to be a Hawaiian and thanks God for his blessings every day.

  • Joe Petersen is one of Cape Town’s most legendary street musicians. He has entertained locals, tourists and passers-by for an eternity with his djembe, kazu, and Cape Town-sized heart, not to mention his unique voice, perfect smile and his jamming buddies known as the Ganja Muffins. How we met: After we checked in to our Cape Town hotel and became acquainted with our surroundings, we wandere …

  • Singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett is known for humorous chronicles of a laid-back seafaring life; his philosophical outlook is encapsulated in tunes like “Why Don’t We Get Drunk (and Screw)” and “My Head Hurts, My Feet Stink and I Don’t Love Jesus.” He has since built a small Key West-based financial empire, written several best-selling books, and become a leading environmentalist. On De …

  • Having been playing pipa since she was five, Jie Ma is no stranger to the rigorous trainings and precise techniques required to become a virtuoso in traditional Chinese music. Now, Jie is blending the classics with the avant-garde, the structured with the impromptu, and the old sound with new techniques. How did you meet PFC and how was working with us?   I tried to get contacted with PFC through …

  • Born in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Jason has been playing guitar since age seven, when he made his own instrument out of wood and four strings. Teaching himself guitar for a decade, he began to study classical guitar at age 20, finally earning a degree in classical guitar. After playing at churches, local venues and in Papa Wemba’s traditional group Percussion …

  • Imorly Richardson started his musical career as a bass player with Bankie Banx and the Madd Squad. He was a founding member of North Sound International and is responsible for training and launching the musical careers of a number of today’s young musicians. Has also played with the AXA Band and the Mussington Brothers and has traveled and performed extensively in the Caribbean, the USA and Engl …

  • Ilo Africano Querido Varela Ferreira was born on July 1st 1979 in Mindelo city, Sao Vicente Island, Cape Verde, 500 miles away from Africa’™s west coast. After finishing high school he moved to Brazil for 6 years (1999-2005) where he finished his education as an Aircraft Mechanical Engineer at the University of Sáo Paulo (USP) at Sáo Carlos. After finishing College, Ilo returned to CV and …

  • Hugo Soares was born in Luanda (Angola) in 1974. He was raised in Brazil and Argentina after his family emigrated from Angola because of the war. A composer, guitarist and singer, his music fuses deep African roots with Brazilian influences. Hugo has lived in Barcelona since 1993 were he became friends with Clarence. The two of them used to play soul, reggae and African songs (including Pemba Laka …

  • Agatsuma was born 1973 in Ibaraki, Japan. He began studying the Tsugaru Shamisen at the age of six, and earned his first accolade-first prize at the 1988 All-Japan Tsugaru Shamisen Competition-at fourteen. Agatsuma continued his studies and in 1995 and 1996, won top honors at the Tsugaru Shamisen National Competition one of Japan’s most prestigious competitions. In September 2001, he made hi …

  • Hideki Togi, gagaku player, was born in Tokyo in 1959. The Togi family has a tradition of Gagaku (ancient Japanese court music) which can be traced back to the Nara period (1.300 years ago). Due to his father’s job, Hideki spent his childhood abroad and grew up surrounded by various kinds of music including rock, classical and jazz. After graduating from high school, he joined the music departme …

  • Halik is from Tamale, Ghana, and has been attending the Bizung School of Music and Dance since 2010. He studies guŋ-gᴐŋ and gonje, sings and is one of the most talented and inspired students at the school. Listen to Halik in this interview and see how he lives is passion of music. In 2015 Halik recorded kpalogo ( Ghanian percussion ) on our Song Around the World Ripple and also composed a so …

  • Malian guitarist Habib Koité is one of Africa’s most popular and recognized musicians. Born in 1958 in Thiés, Senegal, Habib comes from a noble line of Khassonké griots, traditional troubadors who provide wit, wisdom and musical entertainment at social gatherings and special events. Habib grew up surrounded by seventeen brothers and sisters, and developed his unique guitar style accompany …

  • Grandpa has been a New Orleans street icon for decades.  His music and comforting presence have touched countless hearts throughout the years.  When you think of the French Quarter you think of Grandpa.  Many locals and frequent visitors to the Quarter consider Grandpa the saving grace and passionate force behind the revitalization of the city since Hurricane Katrina. His voice reminds us all t …

  • Glen David Andrews, a native son of New Orleans, is a warrior for cultural preservation in New Orleans at a time when indigenous traditions are being threatened, Andrews is standing up now for his own salvation. As the journalist Larry Blumenfeld, a Katrina Media Fellow with the Open Society Institute, has written: Long before he began trying to save himself in earnest, Andews’s music projected …

  • The four band members, now known as Gema 4, specialized throughout their extensive training in singing, choir directing and musicology. From the time they were very young, they sang regularly in the choir at the music conservatory where they studied. This was where they received their first inspiration to do something different. The idea they had was that of bringing back old songs along with a fe …

  • Francois has lived in Barcelona since 2001. Born in the south of France, he studied history of arts and then graduated with a Masters in Documentary film from Autonoma University in Barcelona. He met Mark Johnson and Jonathan Walls in the streets of Barcelona and connected them with different musicians in the city. Francois became part of the PFC team and traveled to South Africa, Los Angeles,  N …

  • The carioca (native of Rio de Janeiro) Fernando Vidal is a guitarist, composer and music producer. He started his career with the group The Way, along with John Sullivan. In 1983, he went to Los Angeles, where he studied for 2 years at the Musicians Institute of Technology. Upon returning to Brazil, he recorded with John Sullivan and Pedro Gil, the CD Milionarios da Cobertura, released in 1984. …

  • Felipe Lamoglia is a Saxophonist from Cuba, a Grammy-winning artist, composer and arranger. Born and educated in Holguin, he also studied in Camaguey moving to the Superior Institute of Art (ISA). By the age of 18 he was a member of Cuba’™s acclaimed band,  NG La Banda. In 1992 he moved to Brazil where he lived for seven years, absorbing the country’™s musical and spiritual wealth and playi …

  • Felipe Carmona is a guitarrist and composer from the city of Medellin, Colombia, born at the end of the 1970s. He started playing guitar at an early age, influenced by rock music and also plays harmonica as his second instrument. He is the leader of Artefacto, a band through which he expresses his passion for music. How we met: We met Felipe Carmona and his friend Alejandro Velasquez in Medellin a …

  • Santiago œFefe Lee was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He began studying guitar at the age of 11. He started his musical career in 1981 with a band consisting of his brothers and sisters, who performed around Buenos Aires. He was also in other bands including Los Rockosos (1992), Viaje a Venus (1994), BMG, Los Dedos (1994), The Strikers (1995-2002), and De la Risa (1996). Lee was in …

  • Federico Siksnys is a musician and composer born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1980. He studied guitar, piano and bandoneon in several music academies in the capital Buenos Aires. In 2011 he graduated in Musical Arts at the National  Institue of Arts (IUNA). His compositions are influenced la the local œpopular music, jazz and academic music. He is now working on his personal projectœ Federic …

  • Fabian “Sapo” Miodownik was born on August 8th, 1978 in Montevideo, Uruguay. At the age of 11, he started to play drums with masters like Osvaldo Fattoruso, Martin Ibarburu, Nico Arnicho, Chancha Elizalde and Ruben Montaldo. In 2005, he moved to Buenos Aires to study in EMC and started a career playing and recording with many featured musicians. He has participated in world music festivals suc …

  • Esther Rose is a singer and washboard player whom we met when we recorder her musical partner and husband, Luke Winslow King. She plays a mean washboard, and her singing balances perfectly with Luke’s. We had a great time recording the two during our time in New Orleans!

  • Ernest Ranglin, guitarist and composer, was born June 19, 1932 and grew up in the small town of Robin’s Hall in the Parish of Manchester, a rural community In the middle of Jamaica. Music has always claimed a special place In the Island’s culture, and Ranglin’s destiny was set from an early age when two of his uncles showed him the rudiments of playing the guitar. He started his career durin …

  • Enzo Buono was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and came to the United States in 1991 settling in Chicago. Quickly forming his own band, Enzo started playing in all the local clubs, opening up for artists like Liza Minnelli, Peter Frampton, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, and ending up with his first US record deal with Polygram. In 2000, Enzo traveled to India to begin a new music adventure, recording ar …

  • These two bands are the main musical representatives of a very special place in Colombia, San Basilio de Palenque. Palenque is an African village in Colombia, founded by fugitive slaves more than 300 hundred years ago. The music they play has been transmuted trough generations almost directly from the other side of the Altantic Ocean, in Africa. The translation for “œLas Alegres Ambulancias” …

  • Edu Mundo (Porto, Portugal) ventures into the imagination of his listeners. If silence had a word, only those from out of this world would remain in the audience. The studio has now become his second home as he works on his debut album whilst collaborating in Terrakota and Souls of Fire, renown Portuguese projects.

  • Playing everything from bongos to a triangle, Django is always smiling and dancing as he entertains audiences. Whether he is playing with Batukeros de la Calle or spontaneously jamming with a passing musician, Django’s rhythm and energy are captivating. During the summer months, Django is known as Bambolino, running around the beaches with boxes of donuts balanced on his head. He sells them to t …

  • While still studying Oriental Languages at Cairo University, Dina joined El Warsha Theater Troupe and discovered her passion for music, learning to sing a wide variety of traditional genres. With the help of her tutor, Maged Soliman, she began to explore the full potential of her voice and also participated in many workshops with independent musicians both in Egypt and beyond, including Grammy awa …

  • Russian composer, conductor and cellist, Dimitri was born in Perm in 1972. In 1997 he finished his career as cellist at the Russian Music Academy (“Gnesin”) in Moscow. He worked as a soloist with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, under the name “Seasons”. He has also worked as a soloist with various orchestras, collaborating on numerous CDs and eventually summoned artistic tours to countries s …

  • Singer-songwriter Diana Fuentes is a leader within the flourishing generation of performers and musicians in Cuba. Her second album, Planeta Planetario, that was a joint artistic collaboration with renowned Puerto Rican musician and producer, Eduardo Cabra (Visitante), member of Calle 13 has been be an important step for Diana Fuentes to gain recognition internationally.  After graduating from th …

  • Legendary singer-songwriter and social justice activist David Crosby is a two time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, inducted as a member of both the iconic folk-rock band The Byrds — with whom he first rose to stardom — and the iconic Woodstock era-defining group Crosby, Stills & Nash. A native Californian-and son of an Academy Award-winning cinematographer-Crosby originally intended to be an …

  • For thirty years now, Israeli superstar David Broza has been considered one of the most dynamic and vibrant performers in the singer/songwriter world. His charismatic and energetic performances have brought to worldwide audiences, fusions of the musical styles of the three different countries in which he was raised: Israel, Spain, and England. His famous guitar playing has packed concert halls ful …

  • Daryl Simpson from Omagh, in Northern Ireland is member of well known Irish Crossover act the Celtic Tenors, and also works as a musician, vocal coach and producer. His early training saw him graduate in music at Queen’s University,Belfast before completing an Opera Masters Degree at the Alexander Gibson Opera School in Glasgow. He was a member of Opera Theatre Company’s “Young Associate Art …

  • Dominican born Darius James taught himself on a drum set bought for him by his father at age 12 by listening to the radio and patterning the different styles of music. He later played in church and was a member of the local gospel group œGenesis.  After Graduating from high school in 1997, Darius was blessed with the opportunity to join the calypso band Versatile, where he played drums on Carn …

  • Damien is a self taught guitarist born in Paris. He started playing music at the age of six, learning guitar, piano and to sing. Damien started to compose and write songs when he was still a young boy, influenced by jazz and gypsy music (flamenco and manouche). Damien is also exploring underground music influences such as Hip-Hop, Dub, Drum & Bass, mixing electronic music with acoustic sounds …

  • Courtney “Bam” Diedrick is a  drummer from St. Ann, Jamaica. He plays with Damien Marley, and recorded the acclaimed album Distant Relatives featuring Nas and Damien Marley. Courtney has worked with many other artists such as Mick Jagger, Dave Stewart, Josh Stone, Stephen Marley. Courtney’™s journey started in Brown’s Town, St. Ann, Jamaica, where he grew up making music with his …

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  • Colton James was born in the small Texas town of Zorn. Son of a Cowboy and Country music singer he is carrying on the tradition of both. Aside from touring around playing and writing his own music, he currently plays Doghouse Bass with The Dirty River Boys. How we met: “I met the great folks from “Playing for change” through a good friend of mine in Austin TX named Eagle Eye Williamson. They …

  • Clarence is a native of Suriname who moved to Amsterdam at the age of 6. He developed his craft in his adopted homeland and eventually took it around the world with little more than a guitar strapped to his back. He started his singing career with legendary Dutch band, Swing Soul Machine, where he was the youngest singer in 20 years. He grew into a dance music artist called CB Milton where he made …

  • Christian was born in Kinshasa, Congo, in a family of seven children and started to play music at the age of ten as a percussionist in a choir. A few years years later he learned to play guitar and started to work with different musical groups and artists in the Congo. In 2004 he moved to South Africa where he had the privilege to collaborate with different musical projects such as Hot Water, Fres …

  • Serving more than 4,000 children annually, Chicago Children’s Choir empowers singers to bridge cultural divides and become ambassadors of peace in their communities. With programs in more than 70 Chicago schools, 9 after-school neighborhood programs, an ensemble for boys with changing voices and the internationally-acclaimed Voice of Chicago, the diversity of Chicago Children’s Choir reflects …

  • Born 1955 in Tokyo, Japan. Japan’™s most influential guitarist and a longtime leader in Japan’s music scene, Char started playing guitar at age 8. Beginning his career as a professional session musician in both the studio and at live performances during his junior high school years, in 1973 Char formed his first band, Smoky Medicine. After playing with a number of other bands, in 1976 …

  • César Rosas is a singer, songwriter and guitarist for Los Lobos. Rosas also participates in the Latin supergroup Los Super Seven. Perhaps the most recognizable member of Los Lobos, Rosas is known for his trademark black sunglasses and slicked-back, black hair. His singing voice is reminiscent of Chicago electric blues legend Howlin’ Wolf. His guitar playing is influenced by Jimi Hen …

  • Brazilian musician and composer lived in Europe for 20 years: Barcelona, Hamburg and Rome performing with his band Boizebuh at in important music festivals in Spain such as Festival Internacional de las Culturas Pirineos Sur in Huesca, Aragon and mainly in Catalunya in Festa de la Diversidad SOS Racisme, Barcelona, for many years. After participating in the recording of the Playing for Change vide …

  • Cecile, originally from Paris, listened to Vivaldi and Mozart from an early age and first picked up the cello when she was 9 years old. After studying at a conservatory, she started to compose and play different kinds of music such as Irish Music, Jazz, and “chanson francaise”. In 2006 she recorded an album titled “Sur un fil doré” where she compiled all the music she loved, from Bach to …

  • Cathy is a native of Scramogue, Country Roscommon now living in Sligo. Her love for traditional singing was instilled at an early age, especially by her father. Cathy began singing publicly at all kind of Feiseanna and concerts as a child. In later years she took to performing a wide range of material as a solo performer in the midlands. In the summer of 1990 Cathy met informally with Dervish and …

  • Carlos Vives is a singer and songwriter that is famous in all Latin America. He was born in Santa Marta, on the caribbean side of Colombia, in the early 60’s. Carlos’ music is clearly influenced by rock but many of his songs also have a real Vallenato flavor. Vallenato is a popular colombian music were the accordion plays an important role. Carlos Vives is not only a Grammy Award-winning music …

  • Carlos varela is a Cuban singer and composer who has been part of the Nova Trova movement since the 80’™s after studying Drama at the œInstituto Superior de Arte. Carlos has performed around the world with artists such as Silvio Rodriguez, Pablo Milanes, Jackson Browne and Alejandro Sanz and has also composed songs for numerous Cuban and international artists.

  • Carl “C-Wyya” Edwards was born in Kingston, Jamaica on November 13th 1973. He started playing the bass at the tender age of sixteen in church where he became the choir leader. Later on, he started a band call LIVE WYYA and subsequently began touring the world playing for international reggae acts like Greogory Isaacs, Beenie Man, Sean Paul, Shaggy, and Marcia Griffiths, just to name a few. Car …

  • Canek Gonzalez was born in 1977 in the city of Chihuahua, Mexico, and grew up in Tabasco, in the south of the country. He has felt a deep connection to music since he was a boy. But his real opportunity to show his music talent came up when he moved to Barcelona, much like a “clandestino”, attracted by the amazing cultural life the city offers. After working several different jobs, he decided …

  • Candi soon was asked to sit in on sessions with names like Poncho Sanchez, Paquito de Rivera and Juan Pablo Torres. She played with Andy Garcia and Celia Cruz at “Carnaval Azucar”; she appeared at the Coliseum with Oscar de Leon; she played with Anita O’Day and Eddie Cano at “Jazz on the Hill” she did studio work with Eddie Palmieri and performed and recorded original arrangements with 2 …

  • In 1993 under the auspices of the Fundacion Pablo Milanes creates the Camerata Romeu, as the first female string orchestra in Latin America and in the world only because of their gender, repertoire and stage presence. For her, the best composers of Cuba, Latin America and North America have written works that have been recorded in several phonograms. With this chamber orchestra, Zenaida Romeu has …

  • Equal parts New Orleans jazz and ragtime, The California Feetwarmers deliver horn-heavy rags, banjo stomps, and happy trad jazz for your ears… and feet! Based in Los Angeles, The California Feetwarmers formed in 2012 and have since garnered a strong league of devoted followers, including music lovers, dancers and children of all ages. Each week, these full-time musicians can be heard from Santa …

  • Born in Santa Clara, Cuba in 1976, singer, composer, arranger and multi instrumentalist Braily Ramos began his musical education at 11 years old at the Arts Vocational School. Majoring on the trombone, after completing four (4) years at the National School for the Arts (Music University of Cuba) he proceeds to a higher level at the ISA (Instituto Superior de Arte – Universidad de Musica de Ciuda …

  • Singer, poet, activist, and believer: few icons in the history of rock & roll have created and performed their art with the consciousness and passion of Bono and only a handful have done it as successfully. The first and only frontman for the Irish rock band U2 has always stood unequivocally for hope, faith, and love — and in so doing has touched millions of people worldwide. The band that w …

  • Bombino was born in 1980 in Tidene, Niger, a Tuareg encampment about 80 kilometers northeast of Agadez. He is a member of the Ifoghas tribe, which belongs to the Kel Air Tuareg federation. Following the outbreak of the Tuareg Rebellion in 1990, Bombino, along with his father and grandmother, were forced to flee to neighboring Algeria for safety. During this time, visiting relatives left behind a …

  • In a career spanning three decades, preeminent guitarist Bobby Broom has embodied the truism that it’™s the player not the tune that makes for a memorable performance in jazz. After years as an elite sideman with the likes of Sonny Rollins, Stanley Turrentine, and Dr. John, Broom reintroduced himself to the jazz world with Stand! (2001), a brilliant foray into the pop music he grew up hear …

  • If there is one musician in the world who has been the musical inspiration for Playing For Change, it is Bob Marley. He created music that allows us to feel good while we examine the struggles and importance of uniting as a human race. His music can pick you up when you are down and raise you to a level of consciousness and understanding that brings peace of mind and heart to millions all over the …

  • Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton (born January 26, 1989) is an American multi-instrumentalist blues musician and vocalist from Los Angeles. He plays banjo, piano and violin and his musical influences are mainly rooted in the early blues from the 1920s and 30s. Jerron’s family, originally from Louisiana, moved to LA in the 50s where he grew up before moving to New York city in 2007, where he cur …

  • Drummer Bill Kreutzmann, best known as the steadfast heartbeat of the Grateful Dead from 1965 to 1995, has devoted his life to stretching and surpassing the percussive limits of music. Armed with his signature dynamic rhythm and uncanny subtlety, Kreutzmann’s lifetime pursuit has garnered him the reputation as an unequivocal, if enigmatic, backbeat. Enigmatic because, during his three-decade car …

  • Bhekani Memela is a singer a choir director from Umlazi, South Africa, a township located near Durban. He started his music career in the late 80™s to early 90™s as a member of African Voices then Young Voices. Both groups had records released by Emhlangeni/ Rainbow Records with a huge airplay on the radios. In 2004 Bhekani formed the group “Sinamuva” with whom he recorded on severals of the …

  • Bassekou Kouyate is one of the true masters of the ngoni, an ancient traditional lute found throughout West Africa, and he has collaborated with many musicians in and outside of Mali: He played in the Symmetric trio alongside Toumani Diabate (kora) and Keletigui Diabate (balafon). He was part of Taj Mahal’s and Toumani Diabate’s ‘Kulanjan’ project, as well as being one of the key musicians …

  • Barou Sall is a griot, a keeper of stories and history who passes them on through oral tradition and music. He regularly performs with Afro-pop superstar Baaba Maal– and in fact it was beneath Baaba Maal‘s mango tree that we met this fantastic musician. As his fingers danced across the strings of his delicate instrument, we were transfixed the timeless melody that filled the air around us.

  • Baby Ndombe is a congolese musician born and raised in Kinshasa who has been a member of the famous congolese band Wenge Musica Maison Mére. Fourth of 9 children, Baby started to play music at a very young age, influenced by his father who was a renowned musician in the Congo. Baby Ndombe traveled and performed around many different countries, and even recorded an album in the US titled Tour de …

  • Baaba Maal was born in a fisherman family in the north of Senegal, in the city of Podor, along the Senegal river. Today he is one of the main ambassadors of West African music around the world. Baaba studied music in Dakar and then went to live in Paris for ten years. When he came back to Senegal he formed his band Daande Lenol (which means “the people’s voice” ) with blind guitarist Mansou …

  • Once upon a time, music fit neatly into well-defined sections at record stores. Genres like rock, pop, jazz, salsa, tango and classical all had their own artists, audiences and venues. Cuban music though, was always the exception to the rule. For generations, from Ernesto Lecuona to Israel Lopez Cachao and beyond, top Cuban musicians have been able to toggle easily between styles. From the infecti …

  • At 24 years old, fiddle player and singer, Amanda Shaw is part of the new breed of young, roots-based musicians (i.e., Lumineers, Mumford, Ed Sharp, Old Crow Medicine Show, Alabama Shakes) who have embraced both traditional sounds and pop sounds of the mainstream. Her roots lie in Louisiana, mixing her classically trained violin playing with Cajun dancehall melodies and vocals that drip sweet cher …

  • Mohammed Alidu was born into the Bizung lineage of talking drum chiefs of Northern Ghana, studying with his father from the age of 3 years old. Alidu’™s father taught him the history of his tribe, singing, and the language of the talking drum as his ancestors had done before him. By the age of 5, Alidu was accompanying his father to performances at the King’™s palace. These performan …

  • Alou Sam was born in the early 70s in Koniakari, Mali in the region of Kayes, and belongs to the caste of the Gwaolo. In the 90s Alou became famous thanks to a Malian music TV show and started to be known as the “Malian Baaba Maal.” Alou has released several albums, starting with the support of Boubacar Lah for his first album, Soukabe Mali, dedicated to the youth of his native country. He has …

  • Anan was born in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Surrounded by music and culture, he began playing traditional Thai music at age nine. At age twelve he became a monk, but after three years of meditation and studying buddhism, he decided to return to his guitar and began to focus on Western music, including acoustic folk country, jazz fusion, blues funk and reggae dub. Anan believes in the positivity that mu …

  • Alex was born in Cuba in 1962, and immigrated to the United States in 1979 after graduating from the National School of Art in Cuba. He also studied Jazz at Florida International University. Alex is a pianist, accordionist, and singer. He was signed to Caiman Records in 1997, and has been in several bands as well as performing solo throughout South Florida and in other countries such as Puerto Ric …

  • AfroReggae is a Brazilian organization founded in 1993 by José Junior with a clear mission: to reduce the use of drugs, disease, and crime in the favelas trough artistic education. In August 1993, a terrible massacre occurred in the Vigário Geral favela of Rio de Janeiro. The police entered the favelas and 21 innocent people were killed. At this point, AfroReggae was already becoming known amon …

  • Song Around The World | Take Me Home, Country Roads Live Outside | Johnny B. Goode Song Around The World | Twist and Shout   Latest Playlists Browse our entire library of songs recorded all across the globe Live Outside Playlist Songs Around The World Playlist see all playlists Featured Exclusive Videos Roberto and Clarence - Tunnel …

  • Los Angeles-based session player/producer Pablo Hopenhayn has worked with Disney, Pixar, Dancing with the Stars, EastWest Hollywood Strings, television producers and film composers in LA, Europe, Asia and Latin America. He has collaborated with multiple Grammy Award winning producer Rafa Arcaute, as well as being hired by Vitamin Records to produce for and be musical director of the Los Angeles ba …

  • We are excited to share a new video from our Live Outside series featuring two incredible musicians, LP and Waddy Wachtel. Open your hearts and have a “Soft Spot” for each other…we are all in this together!

  • On hearing the music from inimitable singer-songwriter LP’s album Forever For Now, a friend of hers — also a singer-songwriter — sent her a note summarizing her reaction. “She said, ‘This record is triumphant,’” LP says. “Then she wrote, again, in all capitals, ‘TRIUMPHANT!’ “I was really touched to hear it described that way. Sometimes you get worried when you have an al …

  • We are proud to share a new video featuring Afro Fiesta performing the song, “Young People.” Recorded live at their Music is My Ammunition album release concert in Denver, CO, this song is an original written by band member Jason Tamba. Enjoy and spread the music with everyone you meet!

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  • Afro Fiesta members Mermans Mosengo and Jason Tamba both left the Democratic Republic of the Congo more than fifteen years ago in search of a better life. Mosengo came to South Africa in 1998, spending a year as a drummer and bassist with the Young Bakuba Band before going solo and eventually meeting Jason Tamba. A self-taught musician who later earned a degree in classical guitar, Tamba also tra …

  • Adrian Buono was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At the age of 10 he started studying music and guitar at Colegio Musicum. In 1983 he entered the conservatory of Buenos Aires Manuel de Falla. During the following years he played in several school bands until 1986, when he formed his first rock group, Los Rockosos, whose classic rock and roll songs were played on radio stations throughout Buenos A …

  • Hailing from Dartford, England, Keith grew up in a council estate in England, listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records. Best known from playing in The Rolling Stones, he is now a world-renowned guitarist and singer, holding a status of mythical proportions in the world of music. Rolling Stone Magazine has credited him for œrock’™s greatest single body of riffs on guitar, …

  • PFC first met and recorded Genevieve Chadwick in Australia and the team was struck by her natural talent and contagious spirit. Likened to the great Janis Joplin and referred to as “Australia’s answer to Melissa Etheridge”, Genevieve is an extraordinary artist and energetic performer. Her gravelly voice and original style of blues and roots have given this singer/songwriter from the Australi …

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  • The Playing For Change Band has had the pleasure of performing in Argentina a few times over the past year and have been overjoyed by the amount of love and support they've been shown. Check out this short video of the PFC Band being featured on El Trece TV for "Todos a la Calle." [embed]https://vimeo.com/193774437[/embed] Listen to the band's interview on Perros de la Calle - Radio Metro …

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  • Check out this member exclusive featuring an intimate and touching performance by Mermans Mosengo during one of the PFC Band’s visits to Byron Bay, Australia. The first song is named “Destiny,” and is sung in Lingala, followed by the songs “God Bless The Women,” and “Different Colors, One People.”

  • Connecting the world through music indeed! Thanks to your good support, it was our pleasure to provide the Playing For Change Foundation’s Khlong Toey Music Program in Bangkok, Thailand and the Musica Music Institute in Kathmandu, Nepal with the proper equipment to ultimately connect the two music programs realtime. This has been the dream for Playing For Change since its inception and we a …

  • Today we are proud to share with all of you this PFC Band performance of “Teach Your Children” live in Brazil. The proceeds from this special night supported the opening of one of our newest PFC Foundation Music Programs in Curitiba, Brazil. This performance is a reminder of what love, music, and conviction can create. We all share the human heart, let the music bring us all back to o …

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  • We invite you to check out this Song Around The World of the John Denver classic, “Take Me Home, Country Roads.” Enjoy this PFC version as we take you from the roots of Jamaica to the coast of Italy to the soul of New Orleans, all along the country roads….

  • Ishor Bajracharya has been involved with the Playing for Change family since Mark Johnson and the crew shot the first film in Nepal in the fall of 2006. A renowned jewelry designer and the proprietor of Bajracharya Handicrafts, Ishor and his family operate a jewelry shop in Lalitpur, Nepal. He is currently developing a line of PFC handicraft products for the PFC on-line store. Ishor is a long time …

  • Whitney Kroenke is proud to be the Co-Founder of the Playing For Change Movement. A longtime advocate and participant in the arts, Whitney holds a Bachelor of Speech in Theater from Northwestern University where she worked as a choreographer, dancer, and actress. Post-graduate credits include choreography for the off-Broadway musical I Sing and the London production of Romeo & Juliet directed …

  • We are excited to share a new video from our Live Outside series featuring Rocky Dawuni, Mermans Mosengo and Jason Tamba performing “Rivers of Babylon.” Originally written and recorded by the Jamaican reggae group, The Melodians, this song was later made popular by the group, Boney M.  Enjoy this version filmed live in the desert at Joshua Tree and know that despite of all the …

  • The PFC Band has had the pleasure to perform at the Byron Bay Bluesfest for the past 4 years and always has a great time meeting the PFC supporters in Australia as well as fellow musicians and artists. In 2014 while jamming backstage before their performance they were joined by English soul singer Joss Stone. We invite you to witness the magic that happened…

  • The PFC Band has had the pleasure to perform at the Byron Bay Bluesfest for the past 4 years and always has a great time meeting the PFC supporters in Australia as well as fellow musicians and artists. In 2014, while jamming backstage before their performance, they were joined by English soul singer, Joss Stone. Check out this preview and witness the magic that happened… Discover more PFC …

  • Last week there was a special opening in Kingston, Jamaica—The Peter Tosh Museum. The museum honors the life and work of Peter Tosh; Jamaica’s global music legend and founding member of the critically acclaimed reggae group, the Wailers. Following the opening was an All Star Tribute featuring Andrew Tosh (Peter Tosh's son), original members of Tosh's band, Word Sound and Power, reggae star …

  • The Playing For Change Band is back on the road for their United World Tour and are excited about their upcoming dates in Brazil. Check out this live performance of the song “Back To Your Roots” recorded at the Opera de Arame in Curitiba, Brazil and be sure to get your tickets to a show near you! United World Tour – Brazil December 2 – Salvador December 4 – Sao P …

  • We invite you to join us as we travel to Bamako, Mali for a live outside performance of the song, “Gomni.” Originally recorded by Toumani Diabate—the older brother of the Kora and Calabash players featured in this video—this song soothes the soul and warms the heart. Enjoy minor blues from the roots of Africa!

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  • PFC Band live at Opera de Arame! 100% of the proceeds from this show will benefit the local PFC Foundation music program.

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  • The song “Johnny B. Goode” was written and first recorded by rock and roll hall of famer Chuck Berry but has been covered many times since then. Enjoy this lively rendition of the Peter Tosh rendition, performed by beloved street musicians Joe and the Ganja Muffins from Cape Town, South Africa. Become a member today to get access to the full video and remember that your membership …

  • The song “Johnny B. Goode” was written and first recorded by rock and roll hall of famer Chuck Berry but has been covered many times since then. Enjoy this lively rendition of the Peter Tosh version, performed by beloved street musicians Joe and the Ganja Muffins from Cape Town, South Africa.

  • We’re excited to share this video filmed live outside in sunny Los Angeles, CA. This performance of the song “El Choclo” features violinist Pablo Hopenhayn from Buenos Aires, Argentina and guitarist Federico Ferrandina from Matera, Italy. The song “El Choclo” (meaning: “The corn cob”) is a popular Argentine tango that was written by tango pioneer, Án …

  • Federico Fernandina is a composer and songwriter from Matera, Italy who’s mostly involved in producing music for TV and Film. His music spans the genres of orchestral, jazz, and contemporary pop/rock. A classically trained guitarist, he has studied jazz improvisation with Eddy Palermo, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Jonathan Kreisberg and Enrico Pieranunzi and also studied with Brazilian guitar players Nels …

  • We are proud to share a video featuring the PFC Band and Vusi Mahlasela rehearsing for their 2009 Glastonbury Festival performance in England. Enjoy this live version of Vusi’s original song, “When You Come Back,”  taken from his debut album of the same name. Get ready to dance your troubles away…

  • After meeting a cello in an instrument petting zoo for the first time in Texas, Allegra Montanari knew she had found the instrument for her. Almost twenty years later, this love at first sight has blossomed into an exciting and diverse career. Allegra has performed extensively in orchestras across the nation. She has had the pleasure of playing principal for orchestras of the Chicago College of Pe …

  • Live from the streets of New Orleans, Roberto Luti performs the American gospel hymn, “When The Saints Go Marching In,” on his steel guitar.

  • Live from the streets of New Orleans, Roberto Luti performs the American gospel hymn, “When The Saints Go Marching In,” on his steel guitar. Become a member today to get access to the full exclusive video and remember that your membership directly supports musicians, artisans, and music education for our youth. Discover more PFC!

  • Habib Gueye is a Senegalese  and Malian artist with multiple influences who sings reggae and slam in languages such as: Bambara (Mali), wolof (Senegal), French, and English. He released a self produced mixtape called, Eklectik Street Tape, following the end of a collaboration with his first crew, GHETTOIK. With this crew he had the honor of being the opening act for artists such as Tiken Jah …

  • When filmmaker Luciano Blotta walked out of a rural Jamaican recording studio, way off the beaten path of tourists and music hounds, he saw something wildly unusual: a man with an instrument. Even more surprising, the instrument in question—a battered but resonant acoustic guitar—had only one string. Blotta had encountered Brushy One-String, son of a musical family who despite his challenging …

  • Every year since 2008, musicians, dancers, and spectators assemble on either side of the border between San Diego and Tijuana for an annual music event known as the Fandango Fronterizo. This heavily patrolled enforcement zone named Friendship Park, welcomes many Americans and Mexicans for a day of musical celebration even though there’s an 18-foot metal fence separating them. Fandango Fro …

  • We are proud to share a video from our Live Outside series featuring musicians from Chennai, India. Enjoy Rajhesh Vaidhya and friends performing the song, “Dhwani,” and let this beautiful music fill you with love and peace.

  • Sarah Marie Young is an award winning singer, songwriter and musician. She was a semi-finalist in the 2010 Thelonious Monk Competition and the winner of the 2011 Montreux Voice Competition judged by Quincy Jones, from which she recorded her first full length album “Too Many Februaries” at Balik Farm Studios in Switzerland and performed it at The Montreux Jazz Festival in 2012. After be …

  • “Every time we would finish a session,” says Buddy Guy, “if everybody felt good about it, we’d say, ’Let’s do another.’ You need about 14, 15 songs for an album, but we had passed 18 songs and I said, ‘Man, when is this going to be over?’ But they kept throwing songs at me, and every damn thing we cut sounded pretty good. I got the word back that the label thought maybe i …

  • Check out this member exclusive video, “A Tibetan Musical Expression,” and enjoy the beautiful music of the monks at the Shechen Tennyi Darjeeling Monastery in Nepal. “In the unfavorable circumstances as our world is in today, we need to realize that music can be purely spiritual. This spirituality is special because it unifies us all and leads us to understand all struggles& …

  • Check out this preview of the member exclusive video “A Tibetan Musical Expression” and enjoy the beautiful music of the monks at the Shechen Tennyi Darjeeling Monastery in Nepal. “In the unfavorable circumstances as our world is in today, we need to realize that music can be purely spiritual. This spirituality is special because it unifies us all and leads us to understand al …

  • Mississippi bluesman, Floyd Lee, settled in Harlem more than 30 years ago and has been sharing his love for the blues in the subway stations and on the streets of New York ever since. Throughout his career he’s performed with Jimmy Reed, Wilson Pickett and Bo Diddley but it wasn’t until his 70’s that he began to record and tour his own music. We invite you to enter the world …

  • This video from our Live Outside series features PFC band members Clarence Bekker, Roberto Luti and Jason Tamba. Filmed on the streets of Brescia, Italy during the European leg of the PFC Band’s United World Tour, enjoy this acoustic version of the Gnarls Barkley hit, “Crazy.”

  •   The Playing For Change Foundation has now its own branch in Argentina with a fantastic team of people committed to bring positive change through music education across the country. Last November, the PFC band hit the road in Argentina and performed one of its most amazing shows, in Buenos Aires, in front of 8000 people. This concert was the result of the great work from our Argent …

  • Fully Fullwood has truly well-earned recognition as being one of "the Greats" of the music industry, deeply creative and positively innovative, we introduce Fully Fullwood. Fully Fullwood is one of the most popular and well-known bass players in the world and has worked and recorded with every major artist out of Jamaica. His list of credits reads like a who's-who of the twentieth centur …

  • Check out this exclusive Song Around The World of  “Twist and Shout,” originally recorded by the Top Notes in 1961 but made famous by The Isley Brothers in 1962. The song has also been recorded by several other artists including: The Beatles, The Who, and Ike & Tina Turner. Put on your dancing shoes and let this PFC version help you dance away the blues.

  • Regular Deadline: September 9, 2016 Extended Deadline: September 10 - November 4, 2016 One of the most respected songwriting competitions throughout the world, ISC is known for being a launching pad for music and songwriting careers.  More than $150,000 in cash and merchandise will be awarded to 71 winners, including a Grand Prize of $25,000 in cash. To enter, go to http://www.s …

  • Join us as we celebrate Playing For Change Day in Los Angeles! Playing For Change in Partnership with Fully Fullwood’s Live Reggae Sunday will host this event on Sunday, September 25th at Don The Beachcomber in Huntington Beach, CA. Featuring Fully Fullwood and his band Soul Syndicate with special guests Afro Fiesta and friends! Cover: $5 | All Ages Donations from this event will go to the …

  • Fresh off The Rolling Stones Ole’ Tour, which had the iconic group performing in numerous stadiums throughout Central and South America culminating in a historic free concert in Cuba, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe is back in action. In anticipation of his upcoming release in late 2016, Karl and his band The Tiny Universe, embark on a Nationwide run that will give new and old fans th …

  • James Gadson (born June 17, 1939) is an American drummer and session musician. Beginning his career in the late 1960s, Gadson has since become one of the most-recorded drummers in the history of R&B music. He is also a singer and songwriter. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Gadson played with the first line-up of Charles Wright’s Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, and recorded three albums w …

  • Charles Thomas “Tom” Johnston  was born in Visalia, California in 1948. He is known principally as a founder, guitarist, lead vocalist and songwriter for the Grammy Award winning rock group The Doobie Brothers, as well as for his own solo career. His off-and-on career with The Doobie Brothers spans more than 40 years, during which time the band exhibited numerous successful styles. …

  • Also known as Robertico, Roberto Carcassés graduated in percussion from the National School of Arts in Havana in 1991. He toured as a pianist with the Grupo de Santiago Feliú in Argentina, Germany, and Spain between 1992 and 1995. He took part in a tour in Spain and the US with the group Columna B, in 1998–1999. During this period, he taught in the Jazz Workshop of Stanford University.

  • Born in 1955, Andy has been playing harmonica and singing professionally since 1977. He has recorded 7 LPs, 12 cds and two 45s. These recordings feature mostly Forest’s original songs.  After living in Europe for ten years he returned to his home New Orleans in 1991 where he still plays in clubs and frequently goes on tour in Europe and Canada. Early influences were Sonny Terry, Little Walter J …

  • BRENDAN O’HARA Brendan has been committed to redefining modern Bebop as an all-original blend of jazzy-blue-folk-pop with a hip-hop flavor. That means it’s jazzy but not jazz. It is soulful and bluesy, but neither entirely soul, nor all blues. It’s conscious, but not certainly folk, and maintains a pop sensibility not at the expense of its playful nature. Blending these styles is as much a …

  • Billy Branch was discovered by Willie Dixon, the “father of modern Chicago Blues,” while Billy was still in college. Willie encouraged Billy to finish his college education, which he did, but instead of going to law school after receiving his political science degree, Billy began touring with the Willie Dixon Chicago All-Stars. This gave Billy the unique opportunity to travel and work …

  • Incendiary rock guitarist and acoustic troubadour Tom Morello, known for his innovative guitar solos and thunderous chords, is a groundbreaking artist whether in his solo career or as an original member of the rock bands Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, two acts responsible for multiple Grammy Awards and a combined 30 million albums sold worldwide. He’s released three solo albums as The …

  • Peter “Maestro” Vale is a Puerto Rican musician, born and raised in Chicago. He has studied under and played alongside some of Chicago’s premier percussionists, including “Ogie” Merced and Joe Rendón. Versed in multiple Latin American drumming traditions, he has played with salsa, jazz, and Latin bands. Vale is a conguero and percussionist of the band Dos Santos: Anti-Beat Orche …

  • Praised for her originality in song composition and ability to stir the deepest emotions with spellbinding and soulful vocals, Paula Fuga has established herself as one of Hawai’i’s most respected live performers. At an early age, she faced the vulnerabilities of living homeless on the beach, seeing the destruction of drugs and violence. Despite having overcome such adversity quite succe …

  • In just a few short minutes on America’s Got Talent, Alice Tan Ridley boldly made herself known to the world when her phenomenal rendition of the Etta James classic, “At Last,” wowed the judges, blew away the audience, and caused the entire nation to take notice. Ridley’s raw power and charm immediately resonated with the judges, and she was sent to Hollywood to compete in the finals. For …

  • Carlo Santone is the manager, bass player, songwriter, and co-founder of the Melbourne based, Australian urban roots band, Blue King Brown. He also started his own record labels — Roots Level Records and Lion House Records — and has released all of Blue King Brown’s albums.    

  • Singer and songwriter Paulo da Luz was born in Bahia in 1981. Nearly 15 years ago he found in the Rastafari culture the redemption for African people, which was decisive in his artistic path. In 2001, he formed his first band called “Roots Resurrection,” which participated in the project “Sunset at Rosinha.” That project increased the Reggae scene in Bahia, bringing together, eve …

  • We invite you to meet Robert Davenport and Chantz Powell, two musicians with very different stories who share their love for the trumpet at Venice Beach. Davenport lost his hearing in 1987 but didn’t let that stop his joy of playing his trumpet for the world to hear. He inspired 14 year-old Powell to do the same!

  • We are happy to share this video from our Live Outside series featuring our Australian soul sister, Genevieve Chadwick, performing “Days Like This.” As the songs says, “When you don’t need to worry, there’ll be days like this…” Don’t miss out on the beauty of life by worrying about life’s what-ifs. Enjoy this day and every day! Enjoy more of Ge …

  • We met James and Melvin of the Bluetones while filming our first documentary, A Cinematic Discovery of Street Musicians. In fact, they were some of the first musicians we ever recorded. Enjoy their rendition of  “Low Down Dirty Shame” performed live on the Santa Monica, CA promenade.

  • Raised in a small beach town outside of Tampa, Florida, Dave Herrero was introduced to the local and national music scene through a family friend, sneaking out of military school at age 15 to regularly to see bands like the Arc Angels and Johnny Winter, and to go to a local blues jam at the Green Iguana on Monday nights, where local heroes like James and Lucky Peterson would frequently pop in. H …

  • We are happy to share this beautiful video of the band, Los Pinguos, performing their song “Fumaza,” live outside on a boat in Marina del Rey, CA. We first met Los Pinguos as they were performing on the Santa Monica promenade and recorded them on our very first documentary featuring street musicians across the USA. Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, the band plays a mixture of la …

  • Los Pinguos is a band formed in Buenos Aires, Argentina in the late 90’s, and led by musician and composer Adrian Buono along with his brother Enzo Buono, José Agote, Juan Manzur, Juan Manuel Leguizamón and Santiago “Fefe” Lee. The band plays a mixture of latin rhythms such as cumbia and rumba flamenca along with tango gypsy and rock influences. In 2001, the band moved to  …

  • Enjoy this member exclusive video of Los Pinguos performing their song “Estoy” live outside on a boat in Marina del Rey, CA. Click here to purchase the entire live outside session, Los Pinguos en Vivo, and get the new and unreleased video, “Contigo.”

  • Enjoy this very special video from our Live Outside series, recorded during our recent trip to Beirut, Lebanon. We met Yuri Mrakadi during a beautiful sunset on the mediterranean sea. Yuri was waiting for us on Beirut’s waterfront, over the so called “Pigeon Rock” as we were coming back from recording all day outside the city. We set up our microphones and cameras right before sunset and e …

  • Yuri Mrakadi is a Lebanese singer and composer. Yuri grew up in Beirut and personally experienced the disasters of the civil war in his country. In 2001 he became particularly popular in the Arabic world with his song, Arabian Ana (I’m an Arab). Yuri has since released several albums across the years and has been composing music for the TV industry in the middle East. How we met: We met with Yu …

  • The Playing For Change Band just completed its summer "United World Tour" in Europe and one very special show in Beirut, Lebanon. We have toured Europe for many years but this was the first ever PFC Band performance in the Middle East and we didn’t take it lightly. As much as I prefer to avoid the world’s stereotypes of where we can and should travel, I was concerned for the safety of the ba …

  • Ghanian musician and PFC family member, Mohammed Alidu, shares his experience joining the PFC band for their United World Tour.

  • [embed]https://vimeo.com/173701209[/embed] The PFC Band has set foot in Europe and is getting ready for 8 shows in Italy, Switzerland and Lebanon. Don't miss our updates from the band on the road in our members portal.    

  • Known as a melting pot of cultures and sounds; New Orleans is a jubilant city full of life. A city where European horns met with African drums in the late 1880s, earning its place in history as the birthplace of Jazz. A city where music is the heartbeat of the people and embedded into the fabric of everyday life. Set to Robert Bradley’s song, appropriately titled, “New Orleans,” …

  • The Playing For Change Band just finished an incredible tour across Italy, Switzerland and Lebanon and would like to give you a backstage pass to join them on their journey. Become a PFC Member today to see exclusive behind the scenes videos and photos of the tour. Thank you to everyone who helped make our United World Tour a reality and huge success!

  • Get a behind the scenes glimpse of the PFC Band’s very first show in Beirut, Lebanon while on their United World Tour.

  • Check out a preview of a new video from our Live Outside Series, featuring John Cruz, Peter Moon and Greg Sardinha performing the Hawaiian classic, “Hi’ilawe,” on the shores of Honolulu. Become a PFC member today to get access to the full exclusive video and remember that your membership directly supports musicians, artisans, and music education for our youth.

  • We are proud to share a new video from our Live Outside Series, featuring John Cruz, Peter Moon and Greg Sardinha performing the Hawaiian classic, “Hi’ilawe,” on the shores of Honolulu. In a world with so much darkness it can be hard to remember all the light we carry inside us. Let the music set us free.  Turn it up, find some peace and pass it on.

  • From the time he was a young boy growing up in Palolo Valley on Oahu, John Cruz knew he was destined to play music.  Whether inside or outside the home, his earliest memories were filled with song.  His Hawaiian grandmother had a beautiful voice and sang in church.  His mom loved the Motown sound and had an extensive record collection.  His dad played country music and taught John to perform l …

  • Peter W. K. Moon is the son of ‘ukulele and slack key guitarist Peter Y. H. Moon. At age 17, Peter began studying and playing ‘ukulele and guitar with Cyril Pahinui, also the son of a Hawaiian music legend, Gabby Pahinui, who was a close friend and musical peer of Peter’s father. Forwarding the musical ties between their families, Peter now performs with Cyril at the Outrigger Reef …

  • Greg has showcased his Hawaiian steel guitar talent performing locally in Hawaii and abroad. He is the winner of the 2014 Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Instrumental Album of the year for his “Stainless” – Steel Guitar Stylings of Greg Sardinha. He has the reputation as the steel guitar player who has the ability to present old Hawaii with a contemporary twist.  He’s contributed to numero …

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  • The PFC Band will be performing for a non-profit fundraiser at the Giardini Gina Bianchi (garden pen-air) address: via Fratelli Rosselli 3/A City: 46029 Suzzara (MN) – Italy Entrance is free.

  • Free entrance

  • Ticket: 8,00 euro

  • We are looking for all those people who believe in the power of music and are committed to making real change.   At PFC we want to share your stories. All you need to do is send us, through a direct message in Facebook, a brief description of what you do (written or on video) along with a cool image of you and/or your team, plus any links to your website or social media pages. Be …

  • Join the Playing For Change Band at the 8th annual Sierre Blues Fest, taking place in Sierre, Switzerland July 7th – 9th, 2016. Ticket: CHF 69.00

  • Opening act: Elliot Marks Group Admission: 20.00 CHF ( presale ) 25.00 CHF ( box office )

  •   Hello everyone! In wake of our upcoming European tour we want to invite you to take a crack at designing our official PFC tour t-shirt! The selected designer will receive: Songs Around the World bundle ( PFC1, 2 and 3 downloads) 2 one year PFC memberships. 2 shirts from your winning design shipped anywhere in the world. You can see our tour dates here: https://pl …

  • The rainy season has come and gone and as winter sets in, government inaction and the Indian block-aid means two million people are still homeless or living in a makeshift shelter seven months after the earthquake. In Nepal, there is no government aid for the poor. Annual per capita income is $700 USD and only 44% of women and girls are literate. The PFC Foundation sent a team to provide s …

  • Playing For Change is proud to announce that we are now a Certified B Corp! What is a B Corp? B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.    "When people think first about the money and then about the music, the music won't be worth the money they …

  • #ArtsForChange is a movement to bring together those who believe that all young people deserve to experience the power of the arts in school! It also symbolizes the shared belief of Turnaround Arts and Playing For Change that the arts and music have the power to change lives, schools and our world. Coming Friday, May 27th...a music video produced by Playing For Change in partnership with Tu …

  • Afro Fiesta band member, Jason Tamba, shares how he fell in love with the guitar and describes how he built his own from wood, tin and mosquito nets. Help him live out his dream of sharing his music with the world by purchasing Afro Fiesta's latest album, Music is My Ammunition.    

  • We asked people to share with us how music has impacted their lives... Mary Miller: "Music has had a huge impact on my life with a mother who was a music teacher and my studies at Interlochen Music Academy but the biggest moment? It was when I played Mozart's clarinet concerto to my dying husband who was becoming restless. When I put that on, he said, "God is here now" and he slipped away  …

  • Listen to Mermans Mosengo's heart touching rendition of  "Africa Unite," which is the first Bob Marley song he ever sang. Like the songs of Bob Marley, Mermans along with his bandmate Jason Tamba, hope to share their songs and stories of perseverance, peace, love and dignity with the world. It has been a lifelong dream of theirs to get out on the road and thanks to your support via Kickstarter …

  • From his back-yard in Cape town, South Africa, Mermans Mosengo and his compatriot and Jason Tamba discuss the inspiration behind their new album and play a couple of acoustic songs with their friend and Afro Fiesta member Chris Bakalanga.  

  • It’s time to celebrate the release of Afro Fiesta’s new album, Music is My Ammunition! Mermans Mosengo, Jason Tamba and friends hit the studio and the result is a new album mixing Congolese rumba and roots reggae with songs and stories from deep in the heart of Africa. To celebrate this day we are proud to share an exclusive acoustic performance of Afro Fiesta from our PFC Live Outsid …

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  • The Playing For Change Band will be performing live at Biel at the Beirut Waterfront on July 12, 2016. Get your tickets today: http://bit.ly/1SM9PKb

  • Playing For Change band members, Mermans Mosengo and Jason Tamba, better known as Afro Fiesta, are coming to Los Angeles for a special acoustic performance in anticipation of the release of their new album, Music is My Ammunition.

  • As we gear up for the release of Afro Fiesta’s new album, Music is My Ammunition, on April 16th; we are happy to share a special video of their song, “Ona” (meaning perseverance in Kikongo). This video shares an inside look on their recording session in Los Angeles and their native home of the Congo — the place they left more than 15 years ago in search of a better life. Let …

  • Roberto Chietera was born on September 22, 1979 and currently resides in Matera (Italy). He approached the world of percussion in adolescence as an autodidact. He began his studies with M° Stefano Baldoni, teacher at the Music Conservatory “N. Piccinni” in Monopoli (BA) and later studied afrocuban percussion with Cesare Pastanella at the music school “Il Pentagramma” in Bari. He al …

  • Fernando is a multi-talented and multi-genre percussionist. He has performed in a symphony orchestra, a jazz fusion band, rock groups, and as a DJ at parties. He believes music is communication, a way to convey a message. Whether it is contemporary, jazz, electronic or popular, for him, music is one. In recent years he has devoted himself to contribute his knowledge to different rock groups, main …

  • Marcelo Blanco is the percussionist of the first reggae rock band in Argentina, Los Pericos. He has also recorded with Divine Glory, Las Pelotas, Super Mice, Charly Garcia, The Fly, Non Pales, Ivan Noble, Man Ray. His instrument of specialty is congas, as well as many latin American instruments like cuatro, charango, cavaquinho, and also guitar and flute. Besides his music journey, he enjoys saili …

  • Cheikh Gueye is a percussionist and dancer born in Senegal. He was educated in western African percussion and traditional dances and is a member of the percusion group La Bomba de Tiempo.  He has also taken part in ballets and popular music groups, including the “Ballet d’Afrique Noire” where he participated for 14 years, the ballet “Les Ambassadeurs de la Culture Africa …

  • Joana has been involved in the art of music and dance since an early age. Joan of Arc da Silva Cavalcante, granddaughter of yalorixá, Dona Maria de Quixaba, priestess of Ylê Axé Oxum Deym, one of the oldest of the Pina neighborhood as a child, attended religious and cultural activities within the neighborhood. She has worked as a performer, teacher, and choreographer throughout Brazil and cont …

  • Joao Viana is a professional drummer, filmscore, composer, and producer.

  • We are happy to share with you all a video from our Live Outside series, featuring PFC band member Louis Mhlanga live from his backyard in Johannesburg, South Africa. The word “zvinoshamisa” means “it’s a miracle” in the Shona language spoken in Zimbabwe; where Mhlanga was raised. Let this beautiful song warm your heart and touch your soul.

  • Playing For Change is a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music. Check out this video to get an overview of our work and join the movement.

  • This year will mark the fourth consecutive year that the Playing For Change Band will grace the stage at the Byron Bay Bluesfest in Australia. With a stellar lineup including Taj Mahal, Jackson Browne, D'Angelo, Melissa Etheridge and Kendrick Lamar; this year's Bluesfest is surely one you do not want to miss, plus you never know who just may stop by and join the PFC Band on stage! Be sure …

  • Come out and enjoy this FREE show of the Playing For Change Band live at The Center for the Meeting of Cultures in Lublin, Poland.

  • Afro Fiesta is comprised of Congolese musicians and Playing For Change band members, Mermans Mosengo and Jason Tamba, who are releasing their debut album, Music is My Ammunition, on April 16th. Both left their native country of the Congo more than fifteen years ago in search of a better life and met for the first time in South Africa, where they formed the band Afro Fiesta. Their music mixes diffe …

  • An exclusive release to our PFC ambassadors: our newest Song Around The World, “Congo to the Mississippi,” featuring Afro Fiesta musicians, Mermans Mosengo and Jason Tamba.  

  • The Playing for Change Band is returning to Sydney!  Playing for Change stands for so much more than just music. It is a movement created to inspire, connect and bring peace to the world through music. Playing for Change supports music schools and programs that are created and operated by the local community and then purposefully connect those communities around the world. The band is made up o …

  • An exclusive release to our PFC Members: our newest Song Around The World: Rasta Children.  

  • Byron Bay Bluesfest is Australia’s premier contemporary Blues & Roots music festival. It showcases music from around the world annually on the Easter long weekend on 120 hectares at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, just north of Byron Bay, NSW. Bluesfest presents over 200 performances with up to 7 stages over 5, 12 hour days, as well as camping for up to 6,000 people, 5 licensed bars, over 100 food a …

  • Byron Bay Bluesfest is Australia’s premier contemporary Blues & Roots music festival. It showcases music from around the world annually on the Easter long weekend on 120 hectares at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, just north of Byron Bay, NSW. Bluesfest presents over 200 performances with up to 7 stages over 5, 12 hour days, as well as camping for up to 6,000 people, 5 licensed bars, over 100 food a …

  • Byron Bay Bluesfest is Australia’s premier contemporary Blues & Roots music festival. It showcases music from around the world annually on the Easter long weekend on 120 hectares at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, just north of Byron Bay, NSW. Bluesfest presents over 200 performances with up to 7 stages over 5, 12 hour days, as well as camping for up to 6,000 people, 5 licensed bars, over 100 food a …

  • We are proud to share with you all a video from our Live Outside Series featuring Roberto Luti and Nico Bereciartúa live in Patagonia, Argentina. This performance was filmed under a tree with an audience of birds and a few lucky people.  Now we share it with all of you. Two soul brothers connected through music and a love for the blues.  Turn it up and share it with everyone you can.   Son …

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  • Nepal is no stranger to challenges. Yet this current situation is unprecedented. 28 million people are now facing a severe nationwide humanitarian crisis. The rainy season has come and gone and as winter sets in, government inaction and the Indian block-aid means two million people are still homeless or living in a makeshift shelter seven months after the earthquake. PFCF supporters, studen …

  • TO ALL MUSICIANS AROUND THE WORLD! We are happy to invite you to participate in our PFC3 COVER CONTEST, where you can be eligible to win a LIMITED EDITION PFC3 Songs Around The World vinyl. Plus, we will FEATURE YOUR PERFORMANCE on our Facebook page!   You just have to: -Record yourself performing a cover version of any of our PFC3 songs. -Upload to youtube and share on …

  • Enjoy this selection of playlists from around the world.  PFC Songs with originals                        Songs from our friends and heroes    Amazing songs from Brazil                          Amazing Songs from Cuba    Sounds from Mali                                        Music from the Congo    G …

  • A live performance from our music students in Mali. Thumbs up to the team at the school who recorded, edited and posted this really cool music video!

  • Playing For Change est un mouvement créé pour inspirer et connecter le monde au travers de la musique. Le projet est né avec la conviction que la musique a le pouvoir de défaire les frontières et de transcender la distance entre les gens. Playing For Change commence en 2002, grâce à  une vision partage par ses fondateurs, Mark Johnson et Whitney Kroenke qui décident de sillonner les rues …

  • This performance features the Playing For Change Band performing the Bob Marley anthem, “Get Up Stand Up.” Where words fail, music speaks. Stand up for all of humanity.  

  • This performance features the Playing For Change Band performing the Bob Marley anthem, “Get Up Stand Up.” Where words fail, music speaks. Stand up for all of humanity.  

  • Take a trip around the world with us and let this joyful song bring a smile to your face and love into your hearts. Wishing all of you a lifetime of health, happiness, peace and prosperity. Music is the key.  

  • We are proud to share with all of you this special performance of the PFC Band Live in Curitiba, Brazil. This one night of music created our first PFC music school in Brazil that will give the gift of music education for generations. As Grandpa Elliott and Clarence Bekker sing, “It’s been a long time coming but I know a change is gonna come…” Enjoy the music and share this …

  • The Joy Business is alive and well! PFCF students and teachers in Bangkok, Thailand, wanted help their friends in Nepal after the earthquake. They organized an event, and long-time PFC musician and band member, Clarence Bekker, joined the group for a week of workshops, rehearsals and performance. In addition to having lots of fun, they raised $3,000 to build transitional housing for six families.

  • Behind the scenes of a PFC recording in Havana, Cuba   Also check out our Blog on our recent trip to Cuba here.

  • Cuba is a mystery: why so much amazing music, so many great musicians and music genres in this small and beautiful country? Historians and musicologists might have a logical explanation to this but I still think Cuba is blessed and blessed we were to travel there to record and film musicians. It has been quite a short but intense trip, with 4 full days of recordings in Havana. We’ve added so …

  • Live in Brazil showcases the band's energetic performance at their sold-out concert at the Opera de Arame in Curitiba, Brazil. With songs such as "Get Up Stand Up," "Pata Pata," and the song that started it all, "Stand By Me," this album is sure to be a classic. Available separately as a CD and DVD. The songs of my ancestors ricochet through the wind, and the smoke is rising from the words I …

  •   Afro Fiesta members Mermans Mosengo and Jason Tamba both left the Democratic Republic of the Congo more than fifteen years ago in search of a better life. Mosengo came to South Africa in 1998, spending a year as a drummer and bassist with the Young Bakuba Band before going solo and eventually meeting Jason Tamba. A self-taught musician who later earned a degree in classical guitar, …

  • The recent travel of the PFC Band and crew to Argentina has been one of the most amazing highlights of this year for us and sets the start of a lot more to come. During a week we had the chance to play a show in Buenos Aires with over 6000 people, record musicians on new Songs Around the World, travel to Patagonia to start working on a new educational project as well as grow and strengthen …

  •   “Skin deep, skin deep, underneath we’re all the same…” - Buddy Guy ABOUT SKIN DEEP Playing For Change and Buddy Guy have united together to record and film his blues anthem, “Skin Deep” across America to help inspire a more positive connection between us all. The “Skin Deep” Video features Buddy Guy, Tom Morello, The Chicago Children’s choir as well as mus …

  • Playing For Change Band Live in Brazil showcases the band’s energetic performance at their sold-out concert at the Opera de Arame in Curitiba, Brazil. With songs such as “Get Up Stand Up,” “Pata Pata,” and the song that started it all, “Stand By Me,” this album is sure to be a classic. Also includes the PFC Band original song, “Matinda” as a bo …

  • Follow the PFC Band on the road and get to know each one of its characters through this documentary.

  • In “celebration” of Universal Children’s Day, we are proud to release this Song Around The World featuring children from all across the globe. Children are our hope for the future and it is up to us to pave the way so that their future is bright. Come one, come all and join together to make this world a better place for us and the generations to follow. This video was produced in partnership …

  • Peter Noble has been working at a professional level in the music industry for almost 50 years. He grew up in Sydney, and was drawn to the music industry at an early age, playing in rock, soul and blues bands during the sixties and seventies. His bass playing and business sense helped secure roles in a number of outfits including a stint in Clapham Junction, and as band leader for Marcia Hines, be …

  • “I was born in Sydney, Australia and have had a life long interest in music, people and places. Having spent many years founding and mentoring fast growing organisations, I am now delighted to be part of the Playing For Change family. It has been my privilege to work with a number of non-profit charities and foundations, helping them grow, develop their strategies and bring people together in a …

  • Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Ernesto found a passion for music since an early age, learning to play the piano and later studying flamenco guitar with famous Mexican flamenco guitarist Fernando Martinez Peralta. Passionate about music and wanting to get involved in the music business he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing. He then moved to New Zealand, travelled Europe and then decide …

  • J. Marie hails from Van Nuys, CA by way of Tulsa, Oklahoma but always knew she’d make her way back to the west coast. She joins Playing For Change with over 10 years of experience working in the music and entertainment industries and is also a singer, songwriter, and musician who has worked with such artists as Charlie Wilson, Linda Perry, Bobby Brown, V. Bozeman and Chet Faker. Music has always …

  • Peter Bunetta is a drummer, producer and entrepreneur with three decades of success in the music business.  He brings an impeccable reputation and a rich musical legacy to The Playing For Change organization. With a hand in over 75 million records sold, Peter has collaborated with some of music’s most talented and storied figures, including John Prine, Steve Goodman, Smokey Robinson, Patti LaBe …

  • John O’Malley is a partner at Guerrilla Management and started as international co-manager for Swedish rock band Mando Diao for their first album through MUTE/EMI in 2004. John went on to sign another Swedish rock band the Backyard Babies and brokered US record deal to Liquor & Poker Music. Since then John he has signed and brokered deals for artists Von Iva, The Hooks, Jennifer Johns, T …

  • Jeremy has had a camera in his hands since he was thirteen years old, and feels privileged to be able to bring this artistic pursuit to bear on this project. From a very young age music has played a formative role in his life, and subsequently his career as a producer. In 2005 he formed a production company, Engine 7 Films, with his brother Joel. Since the creation of his company, Jeremy has pro …

  • Leonardo Buono is a native of Argentina with a decorated 25 year resume in production, animation and design.Leonardo’s work has been demonstrated in countless ads and promos for notable brands throughout the years. With a versatile and accomplished skill set, he has traveled the world creating highly recognized visual media in the industries of Music, Sports, Medicine, Broadcast TV, Film, Ed …

  • William Aura’s conscious dedication to global concerns has brought him over a dozen times to the Tibetan world. Witnessing the poverty of these simple but loving people, he made a promise to be a voice for the disadvantaged. His extraordinary video footage is featured in Rick Ray’s award winning film “10 Questions for the Dalai Lama.” In 2002, he founded the Aura Imports Sponsorship Projec …

  • Kevin discovered his passion for filmmaking in Detroit, Michigan. While shooting award winning photographs for the newspaper during the day, the evenings were spent filming crash-tests at Daimler Chrysler at speeds up to 10,000 frames per second. Upon moving to Los Angeles, Kevin was awarded the AFI Conservatory Scholarship for Cinematography and in 2002 received his MFA in Cinematography from the …

  • Greg’s lifelong love of music began as far back as he can remember, growing up with his family surrounded by the sounds of Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Johnny Cash. It was this influence of musicians with poetic lyrics and powerful messages that led Greg to expand his love for music to include Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Lee “Scratch” Perry, and other early influential Reggae and World mu …

  • In 1997, Jonathan graduated from St. Bonaventure University in his hometown of Olean, New York.  It was there that he made his first documentary titled, The Legacy Project: Preserving Life. Upon graduation, Jonathan continued his path of education and attended a workshop for directing at the New York Film Academy. While at NYFA he met Rehina Pereira, Founder and Executive Producer of Verite Produ …

  • François has lived in Barcelona since 2001. Born in the south of France, he studied history of arts and then graduated with a Masters in Documentary film from Autonoma University in Barcelona. He met Mark Johnson and Jonathan Walls in the streets of Barcelona and connected them with different musicians in the city. François became part of the PFC team and traveled to South Africa, Los Angeles, N …

  • Enzo Buono was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and came to the United States in 1991 settling in Chicago.  Quickly forming his own band, Enzo started playing in all the local clubs, opening up for artists like Liza Minnelli, Peter Frampton, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, and ending up with his first US record deal with Polygram. In 2000, Enzo traveled to India to begin a new music adventure, recording …

  • n 1998, armed with a B.A. in business from The Ohio State University, Raan moved west to start a career in Entertainment Business Management. With over 11 years of experience working with some of Hollywood’s most prominent actors, musicians, and filmmakers, Raan brings a creative and business foundation to PFC. This experience enables the organization to not only focus on financial goals but mai …

  • Dale Mendoza, Raan William’s mom, has for years wanted to do something to contribute to the Playing For Change movement. Growing up in the sixties predisposed her to love it. She was finally able to quit her job counseling and use her skills as a designer in Tamale, Ghana to help train sewing students at the Youth Home and develop new products for the website which in turn provides economic supp …

  • Prior to his corporate career, Peter was a budding DJ and frustrated musician that worked for a large national festival, award winning nightclub, touring and talent agency and Independent record label with a high profile roster of artists. Peter has also worked with and for a number of ˜Not For Profit™ and Social Enterprises. Peter is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Aeris Environmental …

  • The PFC Band performs Mermans Mosengo’s original song “Matinda,” a Congolese Rumba deeply rooted in Cuban music. This song is an excerpt from our upcoming CD and DVD, Playing For Change Band: Live in Brazil. Feel the love as we unite together in song. Enjoy!

  • On September 24th, musicians and music lovers will gather on stages, street corners, and schools for a global day of action to bring music into the lives of children and to promote positive social change everywhere. Please join us at playingforchangeday.org!  

  • Enjoying a professional career in both Australia and the U.S. since his teens,” Davo is very proud to join the Playing For Change team as it is the perfect place to exercise his philanthropic desire to “Give Back” through an industry that has both inspired and treated him so well. From the early days embracing classical percussion at The Sydney Conservatorium of Music, to the present,” touri …

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  • We are proud to Announce that the Playing For Change Band is coming to Argentina for the very first time! The band will be performing at the brand new Directv Arena in Buenos Aires on Saturday, November 7th and would love to see you there! See Grandpa Elliott, Clarence Bekker, Mermans Mosengo, Tula and the rest of the gang as we unite to spread the PFC message! Please support us by purcha …

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  • This song features Tula and Roberto Luti performing Erykah Badu’s classic, “Tyrone”, with help from PFC Band members Titi Tsira and Clarence Bekker. We recorded this song on the side of the road en route to perform at Byron Bay Blues Festival in Australia in 2014. It takes a long time to uncover the talent and repertoire of the PFC band members, who come from 10 different countries. This “ …

  • We recorded Jason Tamba playing “Gethsemane” in the spot where he first learned guitar in his hometown of Lukala, Congo. Sung in Kikongo, the lyrics advise us to listen carefully to our inner voice. Though we may speak different languages and have different cultures, music unites us, inspires us and shows us that we all share the human heart. Jason sings and plays with so much soul, and this p …

  • This video from our Live Outside series features two musicians who first met through our “One Love” song around the world. We reunited Keb’ Mo’ and Mermans Mosengo during a recent event in Los Angeles and this slow, bluesy version of “Honky Tonk Women” was born. They are accompanied by the California Feet Warmers along with Kevin Moore Jr. on drums. This music i …

  • The Playing For Change Foundation is dedicated to creating positive change through music education by developing music schools and programs around the world. We’ve created 12 music programs in South Africa, Ghana, Mali, Nepal, Rwanda, Thailand, Brazil and Bangladesh where over 1000 kids are attending free classes in dance, instruments, languages and musical theory.

  • How we met: While filming in Kathmandu, the PFC crew stayed as guests at Sechen Monastery. One day we got into a conversation with another guest at the monastery who we later learned was a Sherpa. Once he learned about PFC’s mission to connect the world through music, he told us about a group he was involved with, The Himalayan Sherpa Art Center. They specialized in performing traditional Tibet …

  • How we met: Junior is the heartbeat of four of our five songs around the world. His rhythm and timing represent the beat that unites us all. We met Junior at Mama Africa Restaurant the same night we met Mermans (of Afro Fiesta), and his smile and rhythm have lived with us ever since.

  • We’ve just brought some amazing recording equipment for the PFC Foundation’s music school in Kirina, Mali, in order to give them the opportunity to learn how to record themselves. A local sound engineer will come twice a month to the village to lead recording workshops and send us some music and footage from the ground. Here is a video of our first test with the equipment where you’ll se …

  • He started his career at the end of the 70’s with the “Movimiento de la Nueva Trova” at the University of Havana as a member of the group “Cuba Nueva” which played traditional Cuban music. In 1981 he participated on a national TV competition and won as a soloist. This was the birth of his successful career, with performances in theatres, TV programs, nightclubs and se …

  • How we met: We met up with Mama Gaye at Baaba Maal’s home outside Dakar on our first day in Senegal. He and a handful of other musicians took up instruments beneath Baaba’s mango tree and entranced us all with their performance. A master of the guitar, Mama Gaye’s musicianship is in a class all its own.

  • We are proud to release this video from our PFC Live Outside series featuring Bombino and his band performing “Imuhar.”  This video was recorded and filmed live outside near Boston, Massachusetts and reminds us that some of the greatest music we ever hear is simply live and in the moment.  Bombino comes from the nation of Niger, located in West Africa, and shares this song of perseverance an …

  • “A Cinematic Discovery of Street Music.”, our very first documentary, released in 2005, with the first PFC style song recorded across different locations in the US.

  • How we met: After recording Vusi Mahlasela‘s original songs, Vusi called some of his friends to meet us in his backyard and Gabriel was the percussionist. Dressed in traditional South African garb, he carried a few congas in and began to jam wildly and we, along with our cameras, became mesmerized. Gabriel recorded on One Love but also offered us a short percussion performance with Vusi that  …

  • How we met: While filming “Don’t Worry” with Sur Sudha, a friend of Surendra’s (tablas) showed up with his bass, and turned out to be an amazing musician. He had great energy and was excited to be a part of the project, so we added him to the track.

  • David Hidalgo is an american singer and songwriter born in Los Angeles and best known for being the driving vocal and lead guitar force of the legendary East LA band Los Lobos(spanish for “the wolves”). There, he has been a creative force exploring the borders of rock, country, R&B, Tex-Mex and cumbia for four decades. David is also a member of Los Super Seven and of the Latin Playboys, a …

  • Percussionist Yu Hatakeyama graduated from the Kunitachi College of Music where she received the Most Outstanding Player Award at the New Future Players Concert at the time of her graduation. She has supported many artists in a wide range of genres, including: Yosui Inoue, Keisuke Kuwata, Saori Yuki, Ouyang Feifei, Iruka, Ayano Uema, 12 Girls Band, Chen Min (of Chinese Erhu), Horimitsu Agatsuma …

  • In 2005, we recorded Roger Ridley in the streets of Santa Monica playing Stand By Me. This original live performance has been the starting point of the first Song Around The World we created by traveling around the world to add musicians to the track. This video, has never been released and we are happy to share it with you today.

  • Enjoy Afro Fiesta’s performance of the Lucky Dube classic, “Prisoner,” recorded live during their Music is My Ammunition album release concert in Denver, CO. Joined on stage by a few of their musician friends such as Mohammed Alidu and Jamaican roots reggae brothers, Courtney “Bam” and Sean “Pow” Diedrick, this show was indeed a magical moment. Feel the …

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  • Since January 2015, the Playing For Change Foundation has been working in the slums of Mirpur District of Dhaka, Bangladesh, to provide music education to underprivileged children. In this district, 32% of residents live below the national poverty line of $2 per day and child malnutrition rates are 48%. Illiteracy rates are among the highest in the world. Free and adapted music classes and music p …

  • Our friends at JamBase asked us to turn the Grateful Dead’s 1970 classic, “Ripple” into a PFC Song Around the world as part of their “Songs Of Their Own” series and after many miles on planes, trains and automobiles we can finally share it with all of you!! “Ripple” is in support of the Playing For Change Foundation’s music schools and programs for …

  • Wishing you all a great day wherever you are in the world. We are proud to share this  video of the PFC Band performing Peter Tosh’s classic, “Jah Guide” live at Byron Bay Bluesfest in Australia.  Check it out, share it with everyone you meet and together we can make the world a better place, one heart and one song at a time.  

  • Saumet has been a student at the Bizung School of Music and Dance in Tamale, Ghana, for over 4 years. He tells us in his own words how learning music has created an amazing spirit of peace deep in his soul.

  • In honor of the Grateful Dead'€™s 50th anniversary, and in support of the Playing For Change Foundation's music schools and programs for children worldwide, our friends at JamBase asked us to turn The Grateful Dead's 1970 classic, "Ripple,"€ into one of our world-renowned Songs Around The World for their "Songs Of Their Own"€ series. We a€™re proud to announce that our "€œRipple"€ …

  • The entire Zebra team is honored to join forces with Playing For Change to introduce PfcPhotoShop, a new mobile photo experience that allows PFC fans to personalize their favorite PFC photos and shop them on popular products such as iPhone cases, playing cards, mugs and tons more. When Mark Johnson and the PFC team showed us their photo library we were blown away by the richness, beauty and power …

  • This video showcases Utsav, Nepal, one of the students at the Playing For Change Foundation’s Musica Music Institute in Nepal. Utsav, who has been blind since birth, has always had a deep desire to someday play music in a band. “This is my biggest dream,” Utsav says. After hearing Utsav speak with such passion about his desire, the Playing For Change Foundation’s Musica Music Institute l …

  • The New Yorker published the following article regarding Ben E. King's passing. King started his career in the late 1950s with The Drifters, singing hits including "There Goes My Baby" and "Save The Last Dance For Me". After going solo, he hit the US top five with "Stand By Me" in 1961. We thank Mr. King for his song "Stand By Me," as it transformed Playing For Change from a small group of individ …

  • We want to share with you the ongoing story of courage that we are witnessing in Nepal; a story that you, as people who believe in and invest in the Playing For Change Foundation, are a part of. In Nepal the struggle for equality and protection from human trafficking is real. Our efforts to support local women and girls, and to educate rural people about the perils facing their daughters is urgent …

  • Enjoy this video of the PFC Band performing Miriam Makeba’s classic hit, “Pata Pata” live at Apogee Studio’s in Santa Monica, CA. Pata Pata is the name of a traditional dance from Miriam’s homeland, South Africa. You are sure to move your feet to the rhythm and voices of the PFC Band live and on fire!! Sing along if you can… “Saququka sathi bheka, nants …

  • Conductor Philippe Fournier gathered over 100 musicians onstage in the city of Lyon, France, to perform the Playing For Change anthem "Stand By Me" along with the original PFC video. Philippe's symphony orchestra, "l'Orchestre Confluences" as well as musicians from different horizons including PFC band members Tula and Clarence Bekker met for an incredible concert. Here are the videos of these ama …

  • A day with Guem, Student at the Kirina Music School In October 2010, the Playing For Change Foundation opened its second music school in West Africa: L'école de Musique de Kirina, in Mali, located in a small village 30 km out of capital city Bamako. Kirina is a unique village, as most of its inhabitants are griots, who are the keepers of the oral tradition and history. We couldn't have dream …

  • Playing For Change releases "Lean On Me" around the world for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's "œArt of Saving a Life" campaign, an effort to improve children's health across the globe. This past January we released a new video that we had actually started a few years ago on the streets of New Orleans with PFC legends, Grandpa Elliott and Renard Poché. The streets of New Orleans have …

  • We created this  Song Around The World to make you all move your feet and smile from ear to ear. “Cotton Fields” around the world features Blind Boy Paxton, Luke Winslow King, Esther Rose, Takuya Kuroda and the California Feetwarmers. Turn it up and let music bring in the light. //

  • For the third year in a row the PFC Band will be playing at the Byron Bay Bluesfest in Australia. See you soon at the Bluesfest. (April 2nd-April 6th) Tula:   "When I think of Byron Bay Bluesfest, the first thing that comes to my mind is the Festival's unique staff. The way each and every one of them receives us with a true smile, an outstanding care and fun vibes, always. The most pro …

  • PFCF music student, Guem, lives in Mali’s capital city of Bamako and travels 30 kilometers by bus to attend classes at École de Musique de Kirina. Meet his friends, follow him on his journey to the music school, and see how studying music has changed his life.

  • Percussion teacher, Seidou Kone, receives us at his home in a village near Kirina, Mali, and explains how working as a teacher at École de Musique de Kirina in Mali, West Africa, has changed his life and how the music school started by Playing For Change Foundation has made a positive impact in the community.

  • This video from our Live Outside features PFC Band members Mermans Mosengo and Jason Tamba performing a traditional Congolese song titled “Marie”. This video was filmed on a trip to the Island of Anguilla with blue skies and sunshine all around us. Turn it up and let the love come shining through!!

  • Conductor Philippe Fournier gathered over 100 musicians onstage in the city of Lyon, France, to perform the Playing For Change anthem “Stand By Me” along with the original PFC video. Philippe’s symphony orchestra, “l’Orchestre Confluences” as well as musicians from different horizons including PFC band members Tula and Clarence Bekker met for an incredible conce …

  • This beautiful song performed by Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton  was recorded in Los Angeles, California. The original version of this song  was first recorded almost 90 years ago by Mississippi John Hurt and the music now lives on from generation to generation. A timeless song to make you smile, this is “Candy Man Blues.” Because every time we sing together, our hearts gr …

  • Over ten years ago, we started recording and filming musicians from across the globe and uniting them together through “Songs Around The World.” This DVD/CD is a showcase of the first time they have ever met in person and played together on the stage. These musicians come from different countries and cultures but when the music plays, they unite as one heart for the human race.

  • This Song Around The World, “Lean On Me”, was created for The Art of Saving a Life campaign! The support of our Playing For Change global family just goes to show the amazing impact art can have on people everywhere. Learn more at the link below and join us in sharing all of the art created in this effort to improve children’s health around the world! Enjoying the music? Become a …

  • Our beautiful family is growing and we are so grateful! This year, Playing For Change Foundation welcomed new programs and communities in Bangladesh and Brazil, and nearly doubled the number of students we serve.  To welcome their new friends to the PFCF family, students and staff at École de Musique de Kirina in Mali recorded a groove and dedicated it to the Cajuru Music School in Curitiba …

  • In October 2014 during the “Peace Through Music World Tour” in the Brazilian city of Curitiba, the PFC Band performed a magical night of music in front of a sold-out crowd to benefit the creation of a new PFC Foundation music school in the community. “Stand By Me” is a song that sparked a movement, and the flame is growing higher and higher all over the world. There are moments whe …

  • A powerful live performance of “Teach your children” from Adelaide, Australia featuring Tula, Roberto Luti and the PFC Band. Years ago when we started recording songs around the world together such as “One Love” and “Chanda Mama” we never imagined we would be growing a global movement supporting music education across the globe but this is the power of music. Today’s live performance …

  • The PFC Foundation is launching its first music program in South America in Curitiba, Brazil, thanks to the amazing work of a community that decided to take action through the power of music. Having hosted a record-breaking PFC Day 2014 extravaganza boasting over 100 performances throughout the city, as well as a sold-out PFC Band concert for over 1,400, the Curitiba team inspires all of us and ha …

  • This episode is a live video of the PFC Band performing their original song, “Yahamba” at Byron Bay Bluesfest 2014 in Australia. Featuring South African singer Titi Tsira, this performance comes straight from the heart. Turn it up and dance your troubles away!! Check out the PFC Band’s live dates and be sure to bring your friends and family to a night of music they will never forget!!! &nb …

  • Welcome to the PFC Advent Calendar & Holiday Sale! Every day until December 25th, we are offering a FREE digital download of a video or song along with a different PFC product at a discounted holiday price! Be sure to keep visiting this page to see the surprise sale item as well as receive your free download (available for only 24 hours --no purchase necessary)!       …

  • In 2014 the Playing For Change Band played over 75 concerts in 11 countries spreading a message of love, unity and peace through music. [embed]https://vimeo.com/113019138[/embed] Here are some photos from the road on a slide show over one of the songs that opens many of our shows: "Biendans", by Jason Tamba. The creation of the Playing For Change Band has helped us to realize a drea …

  • This Song Around The World episode features children performing alongside PFC musicians on the Bobby McFerrin classic, Don’t Worry Be Happy. Perfect message and a great song. Get ready to smile from ear to ear and move your dancing feet. Share this with your family, friends, and community, and together we can continue to make this world a better place!  

  • This is how it all started : a journey around the world with the intention of bringing the world together through music, a positive discovery of the diversity of this world through music.

  • A behind the scenes look at the making of our “Peace Through Music” documentary.

  • The brand new, limited-edition PFC Peace Pack seen below includes our favorite selection of Nepali handcrafts, in addition to the PFC Peace Through Music DVD Documentary. All of these unique handcrafts are made with raw materials, and many of them are made from world-renowned lotka paper! About handmade lokta paper products: This world-renowned handmade paper is made according to traditiona …

  •   [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-_RCSO_tHU[/embed] In Nepal, there is no government aid for the poor. Annual per capita income is $700 USD. Only 44% of women and girls are literate. The Playing For Change Foundation has come to benefit a special home for underprivileged children in Kathmandu, and this is their story. Learn more and show your support here. Produced by Wil …

  • This video shows how a community with a common dream came together to put on one of the most amazing and meaningful concerts the PFC Band has ever performed. Listen to a beautiful story told by Roberto’s brother, Simone Luti, and witness the tremendous impact music can have on the lives of people everywhere. Music is the key!

  • After receiving many amazing fan video entries for our "La Bamba" Performance Contest, we're excited to announce the Grand Prize Winner of the signed Fender Telecaster Guitar is the Official Ukulele Orchestra Dordrecht from the Netherlands!! For the top 4 runner-up video entries, we've selected contestants Xander Lee and Chris Ren (Connecticut, USA), the Caburrasi Segundo Family (Cá¡di …

  • Check out and sign up for the new PFC Joy Business Newsletter Click on the image bellow to discover the first issue.

  • This episode brings back our hero, the voice that started our first ever Song Around The World, “Stand By Me”, many years ago on the streets in Santa Monica, CA. Roger Ridley inspired us from the very beginning, and his music continues to inspire as we share this with you 9 years and 95 Episodes later. “When I first met Roger, I had no idea we would collaborate on something that would re …

  • The PFC Band at soundcheck in Sweden, before the show at the Helsingborg Festival on August 30th 2014

  •   [embed]https://vimeo.com/92323821[/embed] Jason Tamba and Mermans Mosengo are from the Congo and now live in South Africa. Since 2009, they have brought their spirit great music and soul to the Playing For Change movement touring with the PFC Band, composing songs, and recording on the Songs Around The World. Their last album with Afro Fiesta, their Cape Town-based band that mixes …

  •       About Prismatic Radio: "Prismatic Radio is a brand new independent podcast based out of New York that explores what it means to be human. Music is such a key element in being human and we here at Prismatic Radio jumped at the opportunity to be included in such a cool project.We were approached by John Hammond to create some content with some of the …

  • Playing For Change was born out of the idea that some of the greatest music and art in the world exists live and in the moment. Our PFC “Live Outside” series gives us a chance to connect all of you directly with the musicians we meet throughout our travels and share some of these magical moments in time. “Smell the Rain,” was recorded and filmed live on the streets of Sydney, Australia and …

  • We are pleased to share the impact your support is having on children around the world. Their words affirm the ways that music is changing their lives for the better. It is particularly exciting to see these beautiful children grow up and flourish now that they’ve had you in their lives over many years. Halik is one such student.  We are so proud of the skills and passion he has developed over …

  • Our tour across the U.S just ended and we are now starting a new tour across Europe! I´m taking a minute to embrace all those beautiful moments on our last PFC tour and share some photos with you. I can only feel extremely greatful and so blessed while I go through the pictures that take me back to so many special moments on that tour bus. There we were 30 shows in 29 cities,10 musicians, …

  • A few photos from the amazing show in Barcelona on July 18th. Click here to see the high resolution gallery on Flickr.

  • [embed]http://vimeo.com/174736414[/embed] Somewhere in Italy: Roberto and Clarence - Tunnel Jam  Here's your chance to be part of a PFC video AND win a Fender Standard Telecaster guitar signed by PFC Band members and Grammy Winners, Los Lobos!  Simply submit a video of you (and your friends, family, community, etc.) playing or dancing along with the instrumental track of "La Bamba" an …

  • This September 20th, the Playing For Change Foundation will be celebrating its 4th annual Playing For Change Day, a global celebration of music and its power to unite and uplift communities all over the world. We started this Day in 2011 to provide an opportunity for all of the fans, followers, and friends of the PFC movement to participate more directly in what we do, unifying humanity and empowe …

  • By: Jaime Lutz In honor of Playing For Change's newly-released third album, PFC3: Songs Around The World, we'™ve put together a track list of ten amazing Playing For Change songs that truly deserve the (usually insultingly vague) classification of World Music and exemplify the amazing body of work they'™ve created over the years. If this is your first time hearing about Playing For Change an …

  • THE PFC BAND IS ON THE ROAD AGAIN : Check out our latest photos from this new world tour here:                  

  • The PFC Band singing in the bus on the way to the Byron Bay Bluesfest, Australia !

  • Check this PFC Live Outside video featuring Keb’ Mo’ and the California Feetwarmers performing “Old Me Better.” This song also appears on Keb’ Mo’s new album, “Blues Americana”, and was nominated for a GRAMMY in Best American Roots Performance! Take a few minutes to pause and enjoy the music. It’s all about spreading the joy, so share this with others to brighten their day as we …

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  • We brought together Toots Hibbert, Taj Mahal, Ernest Ranglin and many many more musicians to contribute to this worldwide reggae anthem. As Toots sings, “listen to the beat, move your dancing feet…” Turn it up, spread it around and share it with everyone you can!!    

  • This Song Around The World features Marvin Gaye’s classic “What’s Going On.” This track began with an acoustic guitar in Africa and legendary drummer James Gadson in Los Angeles. Next we added the Electric guitar and bass on the streets of Chicago and strings in Serbia. As we traveled the world musicians were added and PFC Band members Clarence Bekker and Titi Tsira lay …

  • This PFC Song Around The World features Keith Richards in collaboration with Roberto Luti, Titi Tsira and a number of worldwide musicians on a rendition of his reggae song, “Words of Wonder,” off 1992’s Main Offender. This video also leads into a cover of Bob Marley’s “Get Up, Stand Up,” featuring Keb’ Mo’, Mermans Mosengo, Aztec Indians, Natalie Pa& …

  • Twenty years ago, Rwandan musician Jean Paul Samputu was one of the few members of his immediate family who was not killed during the genocide. Here, he speaks with us about his journey to survive, to forgive and to begin again. Music was critical to him finding his way. Since 2009, the Playing For Change Foundation has been working in Rwanda to create positive change through music education. Duri …

  • This Song Around The World starts with Carlos Varela in Havana and features over 75 Cuban musicians around the world, from Havana and Santiago to Miami, Barcelona and Tokyo. This track was recorded and produced with Jackson Browne, who explains that “traveling with Playing For Change across Cuba was one of the most rewarding and inspiring musical experiences of my life.” Music brings u …

  • This past Monday, conductor Philippe Fournier directed one of the most amazing benefit events for the Playing For Change Foundation in Lyon, France. In front of an audience of 2,700, a symphony orchestra of over 100 musicians united with Playing For Change musicians as well as an incredible diversity of other artists, dancers and singers, through the universal language of music.            …

  • PFC 3: Songs Around The World features 185 musicians from 31 countries, including performances from Keith Richards, Sara Bareilles, Taj Mahal, Toots Hibbert from Toots & The Maytals, Los Lobos, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Keb’ Mo’, and Andrés Calamaro, in addition to a song produced by Jackson Browne. As with all of our videos, we hope this album trailer will inspire you to danc …

  • This PFC Band video, “Fannie Mae” is live from the 2014 Byron Bay Blues Festival in Australia. It features Grandpa Elliott, from the streets to the stage to the hearts of the people. This song is a tribute to everyone living through the blues. Keep on keeping on, with love and music.    

  • This video is from the Live Outside series recorded in Cape Town, South Africa. Congolese musician Christian Bakalanga left his native country a few years ago in search of new opportunities and is now living in Cape Town. He has been playing lead guitar and singing backup vocals for Afro Fiesta since 2007, so we met him through his bandmates and PFC Band members, Jason Tamba and Mermans Mosengo. H …

  •   [embed]https://vimeo.com/85770475[/embed] Palenque de San Basilio is one of the most uniques places in Latin America, a corner of Africa in Colombia. Founded by fugitive slaves more than three hundred years ago, Palenque has preserved its African roots over the centuries: music, traditional medicine and even a language that mixes Spanish with African languages. In 2005, UNESCO proclai …

  • Today we are privileged to share a video from the teachers and children of the PFC Foundation music program in Khlong Toey, a community in Bangkok, Thailand, where 100,000 people live in a 2-square-mile radius and face many challenges every day. Music is bringing joy and hope to the children who participate in the program, to the teachers, and to supporters from around the world. This moving story …

  • The Playing For Change Foundation launched a new music and sports program in Masaka, a village near Rwanda’s capital city, Kigali. The program takes place at Star School, a primary and secondary school founded by Bishop Nathan Amooti that now provides education for more than 300 underprivileged children. This program continues our commitment to serving orphaned and vulnerable children in Rwa …

  • Clarence Milton Bekker, vocalist, a native of Suriname who developed his craft in his adopted homeland of Holland and eventually took it around the world with little more than a guitar strapped to his back. Propelled by the strength of "Stand By Me" and "Don't Worry," the two tracks he recorded for Playing for Change - and later performed as part of the internationally touring Playing for Change B …

  • Grandpa Elliott has been playing on the streets of New Orleans since he was six years old and it is time for his music and passion to meet the masses. Playing For Change recorded his album, Sugar Sweet, throughout the 2009 Playing For Change Band North American Tour. It all started one evening at a barbeque when he began tapping his foot, slapping his hand against his knee and singing, “Your l …

  • PFC first met and recorded Genevieve Chadwick in Australia and the team was immediately struck by her natural talent and contagious spirit. Likened to the great Janis Joplin and referred to as "Australia's answer to Melissa Etheridge," Genevieve is an extraordinary artist and energetic performer. Her gravelly voice and original style of blues and roots have given this singer/songwriter from the Au …

  • Mphumzi has been playing drums at the Ntonga music school since the age of ten and was pushed by his uncle, who is a professional Marimba player, to attend the music school. He is now convinced that this instrument is going to change his life and will help him to live a bright future. Mphumzi wants to travel the world to play music and thinks music is helping to reduce crime in the townships. Like …

  •   [embed]https://vimeo.com/81636523[/embed] Alou is a 16-year-old young man who studies kora at the music school. He is the grandson of the main chief of the village and has been attending the school since 2011. Like most of the inhabitants of Kirina, Alou is from a family of griots, who are traditionally the transmitters of oral stories and tales, and in most cases, are musicians. Alou …

  •   [embed]https://vimeo.com/81807938[/embed] Gugulethu sings for a Better Place ! The students and teachers of the Ntonga Music School, in Gugulethu, South Africa, came together to compose and record a song inspired by the great heroes of South Africa: Nelson Mandela, Steve Biko, Myriam Makeeba - The Song is called "Strong" and gives a clear message on how we have to face life, whoever …

  • A PFC Band Live performance of the Etta James Classic, “I’d Rather Go Blind,” filmed at Bluesfest in Byron Bay, Australia during our 2013 Tour. Turn it up, share it with your friends and family and lets spread the love to everyone we meet!!

  • This Holiday video, “Low Down Dirty Christmas”, features the Playing For Change Band. It was recorded live outside in Sao Paulo, during a tour in Brazil. This song, composed by our friend Tom Canning, takes us back to our roots of the Blues and Soul music with feeling.

  •     [embed]https://vimeo.com/80804522[/embed] After 5 years, it is clear that sustained music education is changing the lives of children and the village of Tintale in a remote mountain region of Nepal. Thank you for your role in making it happen! Watch our new video and hear about the change first-hand from some people who have lived it: Thanks to the amazing PFCF community, …

  • Halik is from Tamale, Ghana, and has been attending the Bizung School of Music and Dance since 2010. Listen to his story and the song he shares this interview and feel his joy of being part of the Bizung School. Learn more about Halik and the Stand By Me Scholarship Program at

  • Mark Johnson is a Grammy Award Winning Producer/ Engineer and Award-Winning Film Director. For the past 20 years, Mark has worked with some of the most renowned producers in the music, film and television industries, and with such musical artists as Keith Richards, Paul Simon, Jackson Browne, Bono, Jimmy Buffet, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Keb’ Mo’, Sara Bareilles, Los Lobos, Andres Calamaro Carlos …

  • This Song Around The World episode shows children across the globe performing “Love Is All.” Turn it up, spread it around and lets make the world a better place one heart and one song at a time… Join the movement!! This video was produced in partnership with Okaidi children’s clothing stores. Okaidi designed a special line of PFC T-Shirts to be sold in over 700 Okaidi store …

  •   [embed]https://vimeo.com/73432845[/embed] Mokumba from Playing For Change on Vimeo.   This song was composed by Jason Tamba, PFC band member and recorded in Australia during the Peace through Music Tour in March 2013, when the Playing For Change Band was opening concerts for Robert Plant. This amazing song is a fusion between Congolese rumba and reggae and has been a hit du …

  • South African singer Vusi Mahlasela performs his song Troubadour, live outside from his backyard in Mamelodi, Pretoria South Africa. This song was recorded and filmed during our first trip to South Africa in August 2006. Enjoy!

  • More than a decade ago, Playing For Change was inspired when one man, Roger Ridley, sang familiar words to a popular song: “No matter who you are. No matter where you go in life. At some point, you’re gonna need somebody to stand by you.” For Co-Founder Mark Johnson, that moment ignited a passion to use music to connect people and to create a better world. Meet some of our current students; …

  • Only the sound of this word make you dream about this far and yet so famous island in the Caribbean. In my mind, Jamaica was always a synonymous of music. Reggae, roots, ska, mento music, dance hall, and of course, the Great Bob Marley!... "These words of freedom." "Stand up for your rights." "Don't worry, every little thing is gonna be all right." More songs are popping in mind, taking me back t …

  •   [embed]https://vimeo.com/76357735[/embed] The Playing For Change Foundation is establishing a new music program in Masaka, a village located 15km from capital, Kigali. For the first time, a PFCF program will officially include sports as one of the disciplines. Emmanuel, our young soccer teacher explains that sport is an ideal complement for the education of the kids. This new program wi …

  • Music lovers around the world will rally once again to spread peace through music with the Playing For Change Foundation'™s (PFCF) third annual global event on Saturday, September 21, 2013. This year marks a new beginning as Playing For Change partners with the 1Love Foundation for this year'™s event, renaming the event 1Love Playing For Change Day,“ Make Way for the Positive Day. On this day …

  • The Playing For Change Band has recently finished one of its most amazing tours. For the first time the band hit the road in Australia, opening for Robert Plant in Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney and performing 3 shows at the Bluesfest in Byron Bay, among prestigious artists such as Ben Harper, Manu Chao, Carlos Santana, Paul Simon, and Iggy Pop. The PFC crew came to record for the first time in O …

  • We first met Clarence Bekker in Europe while we where filming and recording “Stand By Me.” We became instant family and have been making music together ever since. This song is one of his original compositions, and we are excited to share it with the world! Clarence is featured on vocals on both the PFC2 and PFC3 albums which are available as FREE downloads for Premium Members. Click below to …

  • Kirina has recently experienced a tremendous change for the daily life of the community. The village has been offered more than 300 solar panels (photovoltaic panels) through the Malian government. The initiative is the result of the cooperation between the Chinese and the Malian governments. The village of Kirina has been chosen for this very special gift among thousands of villages in Mali. Many …

  • A few months ago we were approached by the organization of InArte - International Meetings of Inclusion through the Arts - which has been working for several years on the field of social integration through arts. Every year in Lisbon, Portugal, different seminars, performances and workshops designed to bring together artists, technicians, teachers, psychologists, students, and more are being organ …

  •   [embed]https://vimeo.com/64489327[/embed] Music education creates powerful change. A recent comprehensive evaluation of our programs shows evidence of success, and we are inspired by the positive feedback from program participants. We are pleased to share with you some of what we heard and observed: the change in action. When you support the Playing For Change Foundation, you ar …

  • Music education creates powerful change. A recent comprehensive evaluation of PFC Foundation programs shows evidence of success, and we are inspired by the positive feedback from program participants. We are pleased to share with you some of what we heard and observed: the change in action. When you support Playing For Change Foundation, you are making this kind of change possible for students a …

  • Music education creates powerful change. A recent comprehensive evaluation of our programs shows evidence of success, and we are inspired by the positive feedback from program participants. We are pleased to share with you some of what we heard and observed: the change in action. When you support the Playing For Change Foundation, you are making this kind of change possible for our students and th …

  • This video from our Live Outside series features Baby Ndombe, Mermans Mosengo and Jason Tamba in Kinshasa, Congo. We may not all speak the same language but with music we speak directly from our hearts!! Enjoy the song, spread the message and lets continue to grow the PFC family all over the world.

  • The PFC crew was in the Congo recording new songs around the world. On our second day of filming we met this group of amazing musicians in Kinshasa and within minutes they where playing us some songs and sharing their stories. Today’s video is a song titled, “Toyeba Yo”. The TP OK Jazz Band in Kinshasa keep the memory of the Immortal Congolese Guitar player, Franco, alive and well. These mus …

  •   For the past two weeks, the students at the Bizung School of Music and Dance and I have been working on a new song. The name of the song is "Zanma Bahi Kan Chan Torani" and it is a traditional song that is accompanied by the Tora Dance. We have been workshopping the piece to build it in an ensemble style. Traditionally it is played only with lunga and gungon but the children are now lea …

  • Part of our “PFC Live Outside” series, this video features the song, “Loving Home,” performed by Kim Churchill in the Blue Mountains of Australia. Music connects our hearts and this video reminds us of the power of a song to take our souls on a journey through time and space. Enjoy the performance and spread the music to everyone you meet!!

  • This is an excerpt from the very first PFC benefit concert hosted in Boulder, Colorado, in 2009. Enjoy this peace life jam featuring incredible musicians such as: Louis Mhlanga, Keb’Mo, Kevin Moore, Surendra Shrestha, the Exile Brothers, Mohammed Alidu, William Aura, Roberto Luti…

  • Enzo Buono and Jon Walls experience an issue with the authorities while recording in India as they didn’t have a filming permit…

  • This video of the song “What A Wonderful World” features Grandpa Elliott with children’s choirs across the globe. In these hard times children and music bring us hope for a better future. Today we celebrate life, and we change the world one heart and one song at a time!! This video was produced in partnership with Okaidi childrens clothing stores. Okaidi designed a special line …

  • Mohammed Alidu, founder of the of the Playing For Change Foundation’s music school in Tamale, Ghana, invites you to discover the school and its musical roots. Hear the sound of the instruments, meet with the kings of the Northern region of Ghana, and get a sneak preview of the first song around our music schools, recorded in Mali and Ghana.

  •   El viaje al Congo sin lugar a duda fue uno de esos viajes que no te olvidas mas, desde la entrada al aeropuerto hasta agarrar los equipos del carrusel, todo es caotico y desorganizado, saliendo del aeropuerto de Kinshasa los militares nos pararon cuando vieron una camara de fotos y la secuestraron, despues de media hora la recuperamos, todavia no se como pero no hubiese sido una buena …

  • Toumani Diabaté is one of the greatest exponent of African music around the globe, an absolute genius of his instrument: the kora. In this interview, Toumani shares an inspiring vision of Africa, music and life and reminds us how important it is to know our past to build a better future. [embed]https://vimeo.com/43003622[/embed]  

  • This video from our “Live Outside”series features Louis Mhlanga. “Maria” was recorded and filmed in Louis’ back yard in South Africa. Sometimes great music is just in the moment, and today we celebrate these moments together through music.

  • This video features Mermans Mosengo and Jason Tamba performing Bob Marley’s “Mellow Mood.” It was filmed live outside while taking a break from recording their Afro Fiesta Studio Album, “Fire Down Babylon.” Enjoy the music and like Bob Marley says, “Open your heart and let love come running in…”

  • This Live Outside performance of “Dunya,” by Alou Sam and friends was recorded in Kirina, Mali, the home of one of our PFC Foundation Music Schools. We dedicate this song to all the people of Mali and hope that peace overcomes the violence so that the future of this ancient land perseveres with the love of its ancestors. Together we all move forward in a positive direction, one heart and one …

  • This group of amazing musicians met at a refugee camp and embody the true power of music to help us persevere as a human race. Enjoy the performance of “Refugee Rolling” and join the movement. To see them at a venue near you, click here.

  • The Playing For Change Band's 2012 "Back to Our Roots" Tour hits the road this summer throughout Europe and Brazil. Grandpa Elliott has his passport ready and harmonicas in his pockets. One thing I know for sure is that wherever Grandpa Elliott goes, the roots follow. I've known Grandpa for many years and he is the King of Conviction. Whenever and wherever he performs he gives it everything he h …

  • Everything started with a photograph. In August 2006, the PFC crew touched down in Cape Town, South Africa, while recording the first chapter of the "Songs Around the World." PFC co-founder, Mark Johnson, had something in mind: he wanted to meet with a musician called Pokie Klaas. For years he had a photo on his wall, showing musicians in the township of Gugulethu playing together. The photo men …

  • We traveled throughout the villages and cities of Colombia and along the way we were introduced to some of the best musicians in the country. This nation with so much history and soul is represented perfectly by the music and spirit of Toto La Momposina and her band. We asked her to share a traditional Colombian song with us, and this version of “los Sabores del Porro” performed beneath an anc …

  • The PFC Band’s “Back To Your Roots” tour played venues across North America in the Spring of 2012. This performance of “A Change is Gonna Come” was one of the highlights of an amazing show, live at Folsom, CA. Grandpa may be a blind man, but he sees the light! See the band live for their 2015 Stand By Me World Tour! Check for a city near you here.  

  • “Mexico Lindo y Querido” unites musicians across Mexico and demonstrates the beauty of this great country. No matter how many things in this life may divide us, they are never as strong as the things that bring us together. This is the power of music.

  • Mohammed Alidu, founder of the of the PFCF music school in Tamale, Ghana, invites you to discover the school and its musical roots. Hear the sound of the instruments, meet with the kings of the Northern region of Ghana, and get a sneak preview of the first song around our music schools, recorded in Mali and Ghana. [embed]https://vimeo.com/40492390[/embed]    

  • Bizung children are bringing their talents to their communities. Having performed at several events around Ghana, and been broadcast on live television, word on the Bizung school got out. Like traditional lunsi drummers and gonje fiddlers, they started getting invitations to provide the entertainment for nearby weddings and naming ceremonies.  Music forms a customary, indispensable part of al …

  • In the spring of 2012 the PFC Band went on tour across North America. One of the standout shows took place toward the end of their run, in Folsom, California. Grandpa Elliott gives an unbelievably soulful performance in PFC’s rendition of this beautiful blues number.

  •   PFC Band tonight at the Napa Valley Opera House. A long way from Grandpa's corner of Toulouse and Royal in New Orleans. Bringing the soul and the fire everywhere we go!!

  • Three of Africa’s greatest musicians visit the PFCF’s music school in Kirina, Mali.

  • In this interview, filmed in Kirina, Mali, in February 2012, Mahamadou and Seydou, director and administrator of our music school in Kirina, Mali. explain how the music school got started, and the impact of the music school on the community. [embed]http://vimeo.com/41907365[/embed]   Interview with Mahamadou Diabaté and Seydou Dembelé, director and administrator of our music schoo …

  • Released on International Human Rights Day in 2012, this video was created through a partnership between PFC and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund. We realize that true change for the good of everyone always comes from the hearts of the people, and with music we can unite together to make the world a Better Place.

  • An insight from the filmakers of our very first music documentary

  • In the summer of 2011 the Playing For Change Band was invited to perform at Jazz Fest in New Orleans.  While we were in town long-time friend of the project, Jimmy Buffett, invited us to a jam session on the roof of Margaritaville that rocked into the wee hours of the morning.  The PFC Band kicked off the night with this tribute to the people of Japan who had been affected by the recent Tsunami. …

  • [embed]https://vimeo.com/29816170[/embed]   Welcome to Tamale from PlayingForChangeFoundation on Vimeo. September 11th, Accra airport, Ghana: My flight from Bamako, Mali, just landed in Accra. I'm supposed to meet with Abdul Rahman, director of the school, who is coming to pick me up. I've never met him before but he'll be wearing a Playing For Change t-shirt so I can recognize him. …

  • In 2011, Playing For Change joined forces with the United Nations Population Fund and the Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund for UNPF’s 7 Billion Actions campaign. By the end of that year, the world population reached 7 billion, and this global campaign strove to bring awareness to the opportunities and challenges that the population growth would present. 7 billion people means 7 …

  • This video features over 75 musicians across the country of Colombia. Throughout our journey we have learned that music is the greatest tool for healing broken countries, cultures and hearts. With this video we set out to unite and inspire the people of Colombia so they can move forward from years of conflict and create a positive future. Listen to the music, see the smiling faces, and remember th …

  • If you haven't heard about Playing For Change Day, you need to check this link. The first annual Playing For Change Day is taking place September 17th, and is going to be celebrated by thousands of people all over the world. Musicians are taking to the streets and stages in their communities to raise funds and awareness for Playing For Change Foundation, a non-profit organization that is bringing …

  • This video features Mermans Monsengo, Roberto Luti and some new family members from Cuba and Jamaica including Stephen Marley. Sometimes in music we can find both forgiveness and hope at the exact same time. We hope you enjoy this and all the other great tracks from our album, “PFC 2”.   Lyrics and Chords

  • A Sad Day in Kirina: Youssoufou passed away. A couple of months ago we started a new program at the Kirina Music School: traditional history. Our teacher was Youssoufou Kamissoko, a 90-year-old wise man who was a descendant of the founders of Kirina. He knew perfectly the long history of Kirina and the history of Mali in general. Every week he traveled to the music school to tell the his …

  • Mark once asked Roger the question: with a voice as powerful as his, why was he singing on the streets? He replied, I am in the joy business. I come out here to be with the people.Roger and Grandpa have brought so much joy to the lives of millions, and in this song we are blessed to see them reunited again. We all shine on, and Roger’s light is as bright as the sun!!   //

  • “Gimme Shelter” expresses the urgency we all face to unite together as a planet, and offers us wisdom with the words “War, children, it’s just a shot away… Love, sister, it’s just a kiss away.”  It really is that simple.

  • This video is the first track on our album PFC2: Songs Around The World. We begin the journey in West Africa, in the ancient village of Kirina, Mali. The instruments start to play, and we hear the familiar words “don’™t worry about a thing, every little thing is gonna be alright.” This timeless message invites us on a musical journey through time and space. Together we continu …

  • Check out PFC Founder Mark Johnson interview with CNN International's "Connect the World"

  • We started this track in Bamako, Mali with a musical group named “Tinariwen“. We asked them to play a groove in the key of G, then as we traveled the world we added more musicians to the song. Over the course of our travels it transformed into a global jam with its roots in the blues.

  • An acoustic version of Tracy Chapman’s classic by Afro Fiesta members Mermans Mosengo, Jason tamba and Tshotsho Fikisi.   Lyrics and Chords

  • This original Song Around the World takes us on a musical journey from Brazil to India. Get ready to smile, dance, and feel the love of the world uniting through the power of music. Satchita is featured on our CD/DVD, PFC 2. Please share this video with everyone you know, and together we will change the world one song and one heart at a time!! Translated Lyrics: I pray to God that men are lost in …

  • This video is a version of Redemption Song of Bob Marley with his son Stephen and musicians around the world to sing a song of freedom. In this song there is a feeling of rising above the past and moving forward with love in our hearts and hope in our eyes. Join us on a journey through time and space. Thank you for your continued support of this global music movement!

  • Well my time at Davos and the World Economic Forum has come to an end. I leave with a strong feeling of optimism. I understand that there is plenty of room for skepticism in the economics of the world, but somehow I feel that music and the arts left a strong impact on leaders of all kinds across the globe.   As I was walking out of the Congress Center on my last day a CEO of a major …

  • Mathieu Aupitre, also known as “Mateo”, is a french saxophonist, vocalist and arranger living in Barcelona. At the same time as his studies of Jazz and musicology in Toulouse, Mateo debuted on the professional music scene with North and West African music, Afrobeat, Jazz-funk and Afro-Cuban Jazz in different stages, particularly at Marciac Jazz Festival and Tempo Latino Festival. Since his ven …

  • It was a hot day as usual in Bamako, Mali when the PFC crew met Tinariwen, a group of Tuareg blues musicians, in front of a downtown club. We walked around the neighborhood together, looking for a good place to film and record. Luck was with us and we soon found a nearby yard with a large tree for shade. The next thing we knew the music started playing, children gathered for their own personal con …

  • In the beginning of 2010 the Playing For Change crew began work on a new Song Around the World, John Lennon’s “Imagine.” It has been an amazing year of production, taking the crew from the favelas of Brazil to the shrines of southern India, from villages in Nepal to the glittering urban landscape of Tokyo and New York, and beyond. This song is the Playing For Change Foundation …

  • It has been another amazing year for Playing For Change. This fall the PFC Band completed its largest tour ever. On the road we rekindled old friendships, and rejoiced in new ones. Along the way we learned about an amazing project called "The Smooch! Project" that was started by Bonnie Fournier, a Minneapolis-based photographer. Smooch! is a documentary record that demonstrates that all humans, re …

  • One of Titi Tsira’s originals; this song tells the story of a young woman who must overcome her fears and tell a young man that she loves him.

  • Dance along with the Playing For Change Band as they rock Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom! This was the final stop in the PFC Band’s 2009 International Tour, and the audience that night certainly had “that good vibration.”

  • Dance along with the Playing For Change Band as they rock Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom! This was the final stop in the PFC Band’s 2009 International Tour, and the audience that night certainly had “that good vibration.”

  • In the Summer of 2009 the Playing For Change Band headlined the World Stage at Glastonbury Festival. For that performance, the PFC Band was larger and more diverse than ever before, welcoming back Francois Viguie, Roberto Luti, and Stefano Tomaselli as well as special guests Tinariwen, the Omagh Community Youth Choir, Vusi Mahlasela, and more. The show served as a tangible reminder of what …

  • We are excited to announce that for the first time ever, Playing For Change Family members around the globe will have the opportunity to connect and interact with one of the Playing For Change Foundation's schools! Wednesday, November 17th 2010 from 10:00AM - 11:00AM EST you may participate in this global event at www.playingforchange.org/live (link no longer available) The Playing For Chan …

  • The band has just finished their sound check at New York's Beacon Theatre, and there is excitement in the air! The PFC Band is part of an unbelievable lineup of musicians for tonight's show-- Jackson Browne, Keb' Mo', Taj Majal, Patti Smith, Vusi Mahlasela, and many (many) more!Everyone has come together to celebrate the music, life and vision of John Lennon, and the money raised from tonight's co …

  • The Playing For Change crew first met this unbelievably talented musician by a happy coincidence eight years ago. Mark Johnson, Jonathan Walls and Whitney Kroenke were heading to New Orleans in search of musicians and inspiration, and long-time friend of the project Keb’ Mo’ offered to put them in touch with someone. When Mark dialed the number Keb’ Mo’ had given him, an Italian man answer …

  • The Playing For Change band has spent the past few days heading up the west coast, making several stops to bring music to the masses! And not only to folks at shows, but also to incredible kids who got the chance to experience music and the message of peace with PFC.Playing For Change made a stop at Lennox Middle School in Los Angeles, where the band played a show for the students, who grabbed ins …

  • In the Fall of 2009, Toots Hibbert (of Toots and the Maytals) joined the PFC Band for an unforgettable show at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. He referred to the PFC Band as “The Big Bad Band,” and they definitely lived up to the name! We spend much of the year traveling; meeting musicians and learning the customs of communities all over the world. This night in Los Angeles however, it was a real …

  • The Playing For Change Band has spent the past 3 days traveling across the great state of Texas, hitting Dallas, Austin and ending tonight in Houston at the House of Blues... and I must say, Texas likes to dance! The crowds have gotten so into the shows here that they're up and out of their seats, dancing the whole show! Earlier today, the band made a stop at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center to pl …

  • What an incredible journey! 2 weeks ago, I had the honor of joining the Playing For Change band on their 6 week trip across the country to change the world with peace through music. I have been so blessed to experience the movement that this band is creating first hand. Everywhere we've been so far has greeted us with such warmth and love! We spent a wonderful first week in Park City, Utah, whe …

  • We recorded this uplifting, joyful song during one of our travels through Spain. We had just finished a magical shoot with a percussionist from Ghana named Malik, and were hanging out at our good friend and location manager’s flat in Barcelona. At some point Clarence joined us, and introduced us to his friend Hugo Soares from Angola. In true PFC spirit, what began as an organic acoustic jam slow …

  • This holiday video was recorded live in Brazil, and is dedicated to each and every one of you. Thank you for participating in this global music movement, and for your support of the Playing For Change Foundation! Let’s celebrate our time together on this earth and work towards creating a better future for everyone. Join us and show your support for creating peace through music by becoming a Pl …

  • The Playing for Change Band is getting ready to start their North American Tour. This time around, a couple of new players are joining in: from Los Angeles, Luke will grace the keyboards, and from Senegal, Ilemba will be playing the electric guitar. The heart of the band remains the same: Grandpa Elliott, Clarence, Titi, Mermans Mosengo , Jason, Alidu, Peter and Reggie. With each passing rehear …

  • The PFC Band’s “Back To Your Roots” tour played venues across North America in the Spring of 2012. This performance of “A Change is Gonna Come” was one of the highlights of an amazing show, live at Folsom, CA. Grandpa may be a blind man, but he sees the light! See the band live for their 2015 Stand By Me World Tour! Check for a city near you here.  

  • Hello Everyone, here is my latest update from the road with the PFC crew.   Everyday is a blessing with Playing For Change; we travel the world and meet different people offering us all greater insight into humanity and the power of music. Today was another great day of filming and recording with the Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars during their North American tour. We met the band in Chi …

  • The PFC crew had just wrapped up a long production in Kathmandu, Nepal and Dharamsala, and our crew was splitting up– Mark, Kevin, and Jeremy were heading back to LA, while Enzo and Jonathan were continuing on to India for more recording. Enzo had been telling us about an amazing musician who lived in southern India named Rajesh Vaidhya, a master of a large stringed instrument of the sitar famil …

  • We just got back from a fantastic day of recording in Shiba Rikyu, a lush oasis in the middle of Tokyo's urban sprawl. As we wended our way along the pristine paths of this beautifully maintained garden, we sometimes forgot that we were in fact still in downtown Tokyo. However the surrounding sky scrapers peeking down through the trees (and the elevated train that dodged between them) reminded us …

  • Hello and Konichiwa to everyone! Today was our second major shooting day in Japan, and I feel compelled to thank all of the Japanese people for treating the Playing For Change crew with so much love and respect. The greatest lessons on our journey are usually what we can learn from other cultures. Today I realized that we are constantly surrounded by such positivity everywhere we go. PFC has been …

  • We awoke this morning to the gentle sound of rain splashing against our window. At first we were optimistic that it would blow over, but a look at the weather forecast told us that the day had something else in store. As the morning wore on the rain grew stronger, and by 10 o'clock we decided that we would have to cancel the musician we had lined up to record. It was disappointing to everyone, but …

  • We just got back to our hotel after an amazing day of filming. We started the day in Happoen Garden, a lush oasis amidst the urban sprawl of downtown Tokyo. We could not have asked for a more picturesque location to record in than here, amidst the buzz of cicadas, the whisper of the wind through the trees, and the occasional splash of coy from the pond. We almost forgot that we were still in Tokyo …

  • Over the course of the past four years the Playing For Change crew has had the privilege of meeting amazing people all over the world. During our travels we have explained PFC's principles, values, and mission to many people in many languages.   Today we had the opportunity to speak with several groups of people who share PFC's goal of connecting the world through music. Our morning beg …

  • Today was our first full day in Japan, and what a great day it was. We are being hosted by a wonderful group of people here in Tokyo that we have been in communication with for many months, and together we have been working very hard to ensure the success of this trip. Today it was fantastic for everyone finally to meet eachother in person. Over the course of many long distance conversations we ha …

  • After an eleven-hour flight from Los Angeles, the PFC crew has arrived in Tokyo, and we couldn't be more excited! Narita airport is pretty far outside the city-- it will take our bus about an hour and a half to reach Tokyo-- but we are in no hurry. The sun has finally set (having departed LA during the day and flown west for so long, we've had nearly 24 hours of straight daylight!) and we're all e …

  • I am excited to announce that the Playing For Change crew will be leaving for Japan this weekend! We have been hard at work this past year creating new Songs Around the World, and we are very excited to have the opportunity to add Japanese musicains to these tracks. Japan has a unique and beautiful culture, and we know that we are all in for a real treat. And we are looking forward to sharing this …

  • While on our journey of recording and filming musicians in Brazil, someone told us that all we needed to do was “shake a tree, and musicians would fall out like fruit.” That couldn’t have been more true. It was one of our last days in Salvador da Bahia when we discovered this band, Sangue Brasileiro. Wow! They are super fun and I guarantee you will want to dance to this jam and s …

  • The PFC crew picked up Blind Boy Paxton at his school in Manhattan, then we all took the subway to the park. We were planning to add him to some of our new Songs Around The World. While we were setting up the mics, he began warming up on some of his favorite songs from childhood– one of which was “Mole in the Ground.” We loved it so much we just had to record it, and we are excited to share …

  • I originally wrote this blog high in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica last week-- unfortunately we did not have internet access in that beautiful part of the world, so I am only just now able to post it, having just gotten back to LA...   Wow, it feels great to be in Jamaica. Such a beautiful place with beautiful people. Naturally, with that comes beautiful music. We have only been here tw …

  • Hello Everyone! I have a quick announcement to share. Tickets for the band's Fall Tour will go on-sale to the general public on Friday, September 10th. Members of the PFC Community will have access to a special pre-sale beginning Friday, August 20th. If you are not already a member of the PFC Community, you can join by clicking here. I hope to see you on the road!

  • Whenever the Playing For Change Band takes the stage, there is always a tremendous amount of love and energy in the air. For this very special performance it was even more palpable, as the band was joined by many of our friends featured in our various Songs Around the World: Tula’s amazing vocals, Roberto Luti playing the National steel slide guitar, Francois Viguie on the bongos, Stefan …

  • I am thrilled to announce that the Playing For Change Band is back by popular demand, and is getting ready to kick off a Fall Tour visiting 30+ cities in the U.S. and Canada! And, over the course of their tour the band will be making special stops in communities all along the way to meet with "Changemakers." We want to hear from you! If you live in one of the cities the band is performing in, and …

  • A dear friend of mine was married last weekend in Montana. A couple days before the wedding, I was surprised and pleased to learn that she and her fiance had chosen one of Playing For Change's songs to be featured at their wedding: The Omagh Community Youth Choir's version (arranged by Daryl Simpson) of Bono's original "Love Rescue Me." They asked me to sit in on a rehearsal the night before t …

  • We are bringing in musicians from all around the world -- Amsterdan (Clarence Bekker), Congo (Mermans Mosengo, Jason Tamba, and Tshotsho Fikisi), Zimbabwe (Louis Mhlanga), Ghana (Mohammed Alidu), Capetown (Titi), and from the 'States, New Orleans (Grandpa Elliott), Los Angeles (Peter Bunetta), and Detroit (Mr. Reggie Mcbride) -- for what will be an amazing performance! The show will run from 7P …

  • What an unbelievable show tonight at the Hollywood Bowl! I have had the privilege of seeing the PFC Band perform at venues all over the world, but there was something truly magical about seeing them perform tonight at the bowl. When they took the stage in front of a crowd of over 10,000 fans, a wave of emotion ran through me that I was wholly unprepared for. I remembered the experience of taking J …

  • It seems like Playing For Change keeps getting better and better as the days go on. Two days ago, the band and crew flew out to our next destination, San Diego, where everyone could relax after a long six-hour flight. I was unpleasantly surprised at how cold it was in June in southern California though. The night air whipped through my cotton tank top as I thought about the thick humidity and unbe …

  • The Big Apple welcomed the Playing For Change Band to the Summer Stage in Central Park, New York City last night. After traveling from upstate Kingston, New York, the band was anxious to play yet another impressive performance for all of their eager fans. The city seemed innocent and delicate in the early morning as I woke up to grab myself some breakfast. The Empire Hotel conveniently located on …

  • Wow, what a week it has been! Rehearsals in Kingston, New York at the Clubhouse studio could not have gone better and the show was great. Everyone is excited to be back on the tour, just playing music and working towards putting on the best performances an audience could ask for! While the Playing For Change musicians worked on adding three new songs to their repertoire, the summer sun set over …

  • This amazing song was recorded live at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, British Colombia on November 19, 2009. It was just released as part of the PFC Band’s Live CD/DVD, which is a must-have for all PFC fans! This song features verses by Titi Tsira, Mermans Kenkosenki, and Jason Tamba (who sings in Ngala!), plus a guitar solo by Louis Mhlanga that dares you to blink! If you like this s …

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  • This entry is available in three languages: English / Español / Français (just scroll down!). For more information about the Playing For Change Foundation, check out: playingforchange.org   A few months ago, the Playing for Change Foundation started its third music school on the African continent. The school is located in the village of Kirina, 40 kilometers south from Bamako, Mali. …

  • I was in a Playing For Change Foundation board meeting when I got the message: Jason Tamba and Mermans Mosengo have landed-- they're in a hotel in Marina del Rey." The meeting had just adjourned, and I couldn't help but smile. The last time I had seen my friends was December in Madrid-- we had just concluded an unforgettable tour (almost thirty shows over the course of 6 weeks)-- and now here the …

  • Today, the PFC crew arrived in the beautiful city of Salvador, Bahia in Brazil.  When we arrived, we asked a local if we were likely to find some musicians for our project-- they laughed and said, “In Bahia, you shake a tree and musicians fall out of it!” We have been traveling the world for years trying to build a global community and somehow we knew all along this intention could never m …

  • “Grandpa Elliott has been playing on the streets of New Orleans since he was six years old and it is time for his music and passion to meet the masses. Playing For Change recorded his album, Sugar Sweet, throughout the 2009 Playing For Change Band North American Tour. It all started one evening at a barbeque when he began tapping his foot, slapping his hand against his knee and singing, ‘Your …

  • While recording in Barcelona, the PFC crew heard some amazing music coming from the roof of a building. Curious, we hauled our gear upstairs and were greeted by a Brazilian party! Together we all enjoyed an afternoon full of music and dancing, food and amazing energy! We are happy to share the experience through this song!

  • We landed in Colombia about 11 days ago to create a new song involving musicians from different parts of the country. The idea of a song around Colombia came from our friend Fernando Vila who works for the non-profit foundation Americas Business Council (ABC), in order to unite the different cultures of Colombia trough music. The project was a double challenge for us: South America was still a l …

  • This video was recorded during the construction of the Playing For Change Foundation‘s music school in the Village of Kirina, Mali. Kirina is a village of musicians, some of whom can trace their musical ancestry back over 75 generations! In this very special episode, West African music legend Baaba Maal and friends perform for the village elders in honor of the new “Playing For Life” musi …

  •   When we think about the role of dreams in our lives, they serve as both the places we go when we shut our eyes as well as the hopes and aspirations we hold for the future of our loved ones and ourselves. Playing For Change began as a dream to create something that could be full of positivity and inspiration for the human race. We have found that music is the greatest tool on earth for us t …

  • We recorded this original song of Jason Tamba‘s in a small studio in Cape Town, South Africa. Mermans Mosengo Kenkosenki harmonized with Jason to give the song a beautifully rich feeling. And PFC Band anchor Louis Mhlanga tied the whole track together with a light and effortless guitar that made this track one of our all time favorites. We hope you enjoy it! Below, Jason shares the lyrics and ho …

  • A day in Bamako, Bamako, February 5, 2010, 33 degrees Celsius in the shade. Rendezvous at noon with members of the group Tinariwen, former rebels of the Tuareg rebellion, who now preach peace through their music. They play tonight in Bamako and the idea is to take this opportunity to record them before their concert. We're in a neighborhood a few miles from the center of the capital and we need t …

  • After meeting Afro Fiesta a few nights earlier in downtown Cape Town at one of their gigs, we set up a time to shoot and record some of their songs outside. We all met up and were excited to record but once Mark started testing his equipment, he realized the car battery we were using to power the gear was dead. Now what? Fortunately, the band’s manager had just rolled up in his SUV, so Enzo ha …

  • We met Robert Bradley while shooting our first film, “Playing for Change: A Cinematic Discovery of Street Music.” Robert is originally from Detroit, Michigan, but we filmed this song in Los Angeles in front of a Playing For Change graffiti wall painted by a local artist. We had just finished a take of Robert singing “Playing For Change Blues,” a song we created while filmin …

  • With all the travel and excitement that the PFC Band and Crew enjoyed in the last three months of 2009, it was wonderful for us all to have a restful holiday break with our families. We are now all back in LA, and tomorrow is going to be our first meeting of the new year. We have a lot of exciting things to discuss, not least of which is "where to next!" Thank you for all the love and support we …

  • Kotini Bernard Shinga leads the group Phekama Africa, which means, œ”Rise up”. This song was recorded in August 2006 in Umlazi, South Africa, in the region of Durban, while  recording the first Songs Around The World.  

  • Last night was a night to remember-- but of course we all knew it would be long before the show started. Beginning the moment we all hopped on the bus, everyone could barely contain their excitement. Sinamuva began a song as soon as the bus pulled away from our hotel, and they were quickly accompanied by an improvised percussion ensemble. Peter hopped down into the stair well and pounded on the si …

  • With the arrival of “Sinamuva”, the South African choir from Umlazi, our band is now complete. Everyone was overjoyed as all the musicians met each other for the first time, and that energy spilled right over into today's rehearsal. The bus ride was one massive jam session, with the choir singing and the rest of the band playing improvised percussion ranging from hand claps to banging on the c …

  • The PFC Band spent the day in the studio today. It was a long day but we got a lot accomplished. The band recorded a beautiful version of Clarence Bekker's original "Mr. Morality" to start with. Following that the band went to work on a version of a song by The Temptations that was absolutely through the roof (Mr. Bekker has a gift for Motown!). We wrapped the day by adding a few of the band membe …

  • Today was a long day for all of us, but an amazing one! It started early with a round of interviews for half the band. The other half of us went to a little club in downtown Madrid called Marmara, where we sound checked for a gig we'd have there later that night. After the press stop and sound check we all met back up at the hotel and hopped in the bus for rehearsal. We were joined at the venue by …

  •   We have a busy week ahead of us between rehearsals and a number of small promotional performances, but everyone's spirits are high and we're all looking forward to putting on a terrific show Thursday. We walked through the venue today and let me tell you-- it is big! It's an indoor football (American soccer) arena with three levels of seating. All told it holds ~6,000 people, which will …

  • We woke up this morning and checked out of our hotel in Seville, and are now traveling by bus to Madrid. As I write this, we're about two thirds of the way through the 350 kilometer journey, but the time has been flying. For the past four hours the back of the bus has been one big jam session, where a constantly changing group of musicians are singing, playing, and writing music. Mark Johnson and …

  • Sorry for the delay (internet on the road is a hot commodity!), but without further adieu here are some shots from our show in Seville on the 11th. Enjoy!    

  • What an unbelievable night of music, dancing, and good vibrations we all shared last night in Seville. The venue was packed to capacity-- it was standing room only (or more appropriately, dancing room only!) for the crowd, but no one seemed to mind getting a bit cozy with the people next to them for the two and a half hours the band performed. We could feel a tangible energy in the air as every …

  • The band spent most of the day yesterday rehearsing at the venue here in Seville, and everyone is geared up and ready to put on an amazing show tonight. Roberto (slide guitar), Francois (percussion), Pierre (vocals, acoustic guitar) and Stefano (sax) have fit right into the band's groove, and the whole group has come together like one big (and growing) family. The show tonight is at El Fuerta de I …

  • After tonight's rehearsal the crew and band returned to the hotel to quickly clean up and drop gear, then we all headed out for Tapas. We are a large group-- over 20 people in all-- and finding a Tapas bar that could accommodate us was no small feat. However after a half an hour of roaming the streets of Seville (and doubling back on our route more than once), we ended up finding a restaurant that …

  • It was a whirlwind trip to Mali for the Playing For Change crew, but what an amazing experience-- and what unbelievable music! We were only in the country for a total of 48 hours, but in that time we accomplished more than we could have possibly hoped for. Our first morning in Mali we traveled to the Griot village of Kirina and were met by a reception the likes of which none of us were prepared fo …

  • After sharing one last magical night of music with Baaba Maal in Dakar, the PFC crew has just arrived in Mali. The Playing For Change Foundation's next school is being built in Mali, and we're here to begin work on that-- and of course to keep finding more amazing musicians to add to the project as well. Tomorrow we are heading out to the site of where the new school will be built-- a vill …

  • We just got back from yet another amazing day with Baaba Maal and his band. We've spent the past two days recording up on the roof of Baaba's home in Dakar. The intermittent calls to worship echoing from across the city and the chittering of the birds that live in one of Baaba's trees have added a beautiful environmental component to our recordings. He has been a wonderful host to our whole crew, …

  • Today we drove to a beach about 45 minutes outside of Dakar to film Baaba Maal's talking drum player, Massamba Dioup (who is out of this world!). He brought with him a couple other talking drum players he performs with, as well as six of Baaba's dancers who set the sand flying. As they began to play and dance, children and adults from the neighboring village gathered around to enjoy the show, and …

  • We met up with Baaba and his band this afternoon at his house and have been filming and recording him for the past 12 hours straight. His music is so powerful-- you don't have to be able to understand the lyrics to be awestruck by the beauty of his songs' melodies and his amazing voice. After recording three or four songs with his band, we started working with his some of his musicians one at a ti …

  • We spent another amazing day with Baaba Maal yesterday. He invited the PFC crew to his home in Dakar to share a festive meal with him in celebration of Tobaski. It was an incredibly special experience for all of us-- not to mention delicious! Following the meal we spent some time discussing the history of music in Senegal with Baaba, and he explained the special role griottes and musicians in gene …

  •   What an amazing day of music, recording, and sheer joy we all just shared with Baaba Maal at his house outside of Dakar! Mark first met up with him in England this past Spring while the PFC Band was preparing to share the stage with him at Glastonbury. Since then we have been planning a trip to Senegal to work with him, and today was the day we've all been dreaming of. Baaba invited our …

  • After nearly 24 hours of traveling, the crew and I have finally arrived in Senegal. We are here to begin production on some new Songs Around the World, and cannot wait to get started. We were met at the airport this afternoon by some colleagues of Baaba Maal, who were all very kind and helped us get situated in our hotel. We took today to get settled in, but decided to grab dinner in downtown D …

  • I was fortunate to join the Playing for Change Band'™s tour in Cleveland, Ohio and hopped on the bus for another journey of a lifetime through the Midwest region of our beautiful country. The fall season was in full blossom; the air was crisp, the sounds of crunching leaves were beneath my feet and the vibrant music of the Playing for Change Band consumed my soul. To be united again with the …

  • Last Tuesday, October 27th, was a special day for the Playing For Change Band as the Band descended upon the Philadelphia School (K-8), in, of all places, Philadelphia. Mark Johnson was invited to speak to the school about the Playing for Change project and the Foundation. However, when the Band heard that Mark was speaking at an elementary school and his two nieces (Anna and Claire) attended the …

  • We just performed our last show in North America, and oh what a night it was! We played the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, and everything about the venue was fantastic-- the venue was beautiful, the lighting was perfect, the sound was right on, the (sold-out) crowd was full of energy, and the band has never been better. From the moment the first note was struck the crowd was on their feet and …

  • We hit the road after an amazing show in Portland last night, and rolled into Seattle at 4AM this morning. After a few hours rest in our hotel we all loaded into one of the tour buses and headed to Starbucks Headquarters for a short three-song set. The Playing For Change Band is featured (along with U2, Dave Matthews Band and John Legend) on a special (RED) release being distributed through Starbu …

  • Much of the PFC Crew remained behind after the band left Los Angeles a few days ago so that we could prepare to film these last few shows. This morning Mark Johnson, Whitney Kroenke, Jonathan Walls, Kevin Krupitzer, Enzo Buono, myself, and our new friend Juan hopped a crack-of-dawn flight to meet up with the band in Portland. It was wonderful to see them all again-- everyone's energy is t …

  • The guys just wrapped up three absolutely amazing shows in California. They kicked things off in Los Angeles with a bang, joined on stage by Ziggy Marley and Toots Hibbert (of Toots and the Maytals)! This show was also a benefit for the Playing For Change Foundation, and was hosted by Whitney Kroenke, Mark Johnson, and Norman Lear! The occasion was too great an opportunity to pass up, so we filmed …

  • This is a fun glimpse inside the ‘backstage’ life of the PFC Band. Grandpa blowing a classic, hyper tune with his harmonica, our crew setting up the stage and the rest of the guys, and ladies (Titi and Erika), playing games and enjoying each other’s company. Enjoy!

  • Playing For Change: Peace Through Music co-director Jonathan Walls will be present at a screening of the film at Colorado College Campus this Tuesday, November 10th at 7PM. The event is open to the public and will be held at Armstrong Hall. Following the screening Jon Walls will be hosting a short Q&A session. If you're not in the Colorado Springs area but have friends or family who are, spre …

  • Hey all you Minnesotans-- do you recognize this statue? That's right, the PFC Band has just arrived in St. Paul, and are getting ready to put on an unbelievable concert at the O'Shaughnessy tonight. There are still tickets available, so call your friends and roll on out to the show if you can-- I know you will not be disappointed! Next stop, Kansas City... we're headin' west and hope to see you …

  • Grandpa Elliott closed our shows each night of our Fall 2009 tour with a powerful rendition of “Amazing Grace.” His performance is so beautifully soulful that words don’t do it justice. Fortunately, we were able to film it at the Orpheum in Boston, and are excited to share it with you here.  

  • Grandpa Elliott closed our shows each night of our Fall 2009 tour with a powerful rendition of “Amazing Grace.” His performance is so beautifully soulful that words don’t do it justice. Fortunately, we were able to film it at the Orpheum in Boston, and are excited to share it with you here.  

  • "œWhen the night has come, And the land is dark And the moon is the only light we'll see No I won't be afraid, no I won't be afraid Just as long as you stand, stand by me" -Ben E. King On September 20, former NBA player Ivano Newbill set out from the steps of Capital Hall in Atlanta, Georgia alone on a bike. In just 12 days he would cycle over 700 miles to Washington D.C. in time to attend …

  • While I'm not currently on the road with the guys, I just got an update from their road manager. It sounds like last night's show in Albany was one of the best ones yet! Everyone is beginning to settle into the rhythm of the road, and really learning to feed off of each other's energy and musicianship on stage. Keb' Mo' and Reggie McBride were able to attend, and Keb' even joined the band for the …

  • What an amazing show it was Thursday night in Boston! The PFC Family took the Orpheum by storm, nearly packing the 2000 person venue. From the moment the first note was struck, there was a palpable energy created in the space between the cheering crowd and the performers on stage. The result was an explosion of sight and sound that has set the bar very high for the rest of our North American tour! …

  • We finished sound checking at the Birchmere an hour ago, and the house is starting to fill in. From the looks of things, we'll be playing to a sold out crowd in about 20 minutes. We all rode here in style, having been picked up by a pair of 12 passenger sleeper coaches. One thing is for sure, when you're traveling with a group of a dozen musicians plus crew, you don't go anywhere incognito. Eve …

  • The PFC Band and crew have had a great week here in DC. Rehearsals couldn't have gone better, and everyone is excited to get this tour officially rolling tonight. Yesterday morning Clarence and Mermans Mosengo  requested a tour of some of the sites, so Greg and I drove them to the national mall. They were excited to see the White House, awe-struck at the size of the Washington Monument, humbl …

  • We just got back to the hotel, following another great rehearsal.  The band has put together a version of "Bring It On Home" that you absolutely have to hear!  The song features Grandpa, Titi, Clarence, and Mermans and is an amazingly emotional performance that will hit you right in the heart. I shot this photo of Clarence and Titi celebrating after their first run through the song this after …

  • The band has been rehearsing in DC for the past three days, and they sound great! They have made some really exciting additions for this tour, and I know that each show is going to be an amazing experience! Tonight after rehearsal a bunch of us went out for a (short) night on the town. We ended up at a West African bar in DC where a local band was performing. About thirty minutes into their set, I …

  • I recently returned from Tamale, Ghana with Mohammed Alidu (Playing For Change Band talking drum/djembe player), and the entire PFC family should be proud of the Playing For Change Foundation's latest accomplishment--building a music and dance school in Tamale, Ghana. The trip was a great success, and we had a very productive time breaking ground on Playing For Change's "Bizung School of Music and …

  • Hello Everyone, We're a month from kicking off the PFC Band's Fall Tour across North America, and there is a palpable sense of excitement in the air. Tickets are going fast, but there is still availability for all 22 shows of the tour. For a complete list of dates and venues and to order tickets, check out the PFC Band's page or browse the shows via Facebook Events. There is truly no better …

  • We are honored to welcome citizens of Colbert Nation to Playing For Change and appreciate the power of the Colbert Bump you are providing by sharing PFC with everyone you know. After seeing members of the Playing For Change band perform on Stephen'™s storied stage, we hope you are inspired to "Journey" around the site and discover the hundreds of other musicians who make up our growing music m …

  • Hello everyone. Just a quick reminder that Mark Johnson will be on the Colbert Report tonight! Mark will also be joined by PFC Band members Grandpa Elliott, Peter Bunetta, Reggie McBride, and David Sancious (former keyboardist and guitarist of the E Street Band) to perform a song or two as well-- you won't want to miss it! Tune in or set your DVR to Comedy Central tonight at 11:30pm / 10:30c to …

  • Mark Johnsonn will be appearing on PBS' Tavis Smiley Show this Tuesday, August 11th. Please spread the word among your friends and family members to tune in!

  • Hello Playing For Change Community! I want to share some exciting news with you. This Monday, August 10, Mark Johnson will make an appearance on the Tavis Smiley show. And then, on Wednesday, August 12, Mark will be joined by Grandpa Elliott, Peter Bunetta, Reggie McBride, and David Sancious (former keyboardist and guitarist of the E Street Band) on the Colbert Report! I hope you'll join me in …

  • A 57 minute version of our feature length documentary film, "Playing For Change: Peace Through Music," is going to air nationally on PBS throughout August-- click here for the schedule! Over the course of this film, you will not only have the chance to see and hear new amazing performances from around the world, but you will also get to meet the musicians who make them so special. Additional sc …

  • I am thrilled to announce that the Playing For Change Band will be taking to the road this Fall for a month of performances in the U.S. and Canada!  We've got 22 gigs slated between October 20th and November 19th.  For a complete listing of dates and venues, and to purchase tickets, click here (link no longer available). Through this link, you'll also be able to access our pre-sale, available …

  • An abridged version of the feature length documentary film, Playing For Change: Peace Through Music, is going to be broadcast on PBS stations across the United States in the month of August! In the next couple days we will be posting stations and screening times so that you can find out when this film will be screening in your area. So be sure to check back soon, and tell your friends and famil …

  • Hey everyone, we just uploaded some photos from last Saturday's show at Tipitina's, check them out!

  • Mark Johnson and the musicians from Playing For Change were just featured as "Persons of the Week" by Charles Gibson on ABC's World News. It is always exciting to have the opportunity to share this project with fresh eyes and ears who have not experienced it yet, and Charles Gibson did a great job of that tonight. Living in LA, I don't usually have the opportunity to share these moments with my …

  • Playing For Change and founder Mark Johnson received a rousing standing ovation from the technorati at the TED Convention in Oxford, England. The theme of the conference was œThe Substance of Things Not Seen, but the 600 attendees were moved by the very visible substance of our "Stand By Me" andWar No More Trouble videos. Among those in attendance was actress Cameron Diaz, who showed her apprec …

  • I'd like to take a moment to officially welcome a new musician to the Playing For Change Movement: Titi Tsira. We first met this lovely young woman in Guguletu, South Africa, at a concert held to celebrate the opening of the Playing For Change Foundation's Ntonga Music School in the Spring of 2009. As soon as we heard Titi's voice, it was love at first sight-- or, in this case, love at first sound …

  • It was a beautiful last day in New Orleans. Spirits were high among the band and crowd. Once the first note was played, I just knew that this show was going to be something special. And it was. The concert at Tipitina's was the longest show to date. The band played 23 songs during their performance, lasting over 2 hours. It was truly an extraordinary night of music and celebration. It's amazing …

  • Last night at Tipitina's, the stage was set for greatness before the first note was struck. For starters, we were performing in a venue with a long and storied history in one of the most amazing cities in the world for live music. The amount of love New Orleansians had for Grandpa Elliott, and the band that had brought him around the world and back this past month was through the roof. Add to t …

  • The PFC Band showed up at Tipitina's Uptown about an hour ago, and we're now about midway through sound check. After almost a month on the road, tonight is our last performance for this tour. Being on the road together, we've all gotten a lot closer, and it's going to be hard to say goodbye to everyone tomorrow morning. But there's still a lot of great music to create between now and then! Ever …

  • It was a hot afternoon in New Orleans when we first recorded Washboard Chaz in front of the Spotted Cat playing his version of Mystery Train. Chaz and Roberto often played shows together and we thought Roberto’s steel guitar would be a great addition to the track. Months later on a return visit to New Orleans, we recorded Roberto on a stoop in the French Quarter. Together they are the Mystery Tr …

  • I just received word that our performance in New Orleans this Saturday, July 18 is going to be webcast live from Tipitina's website! So, if you're not able to make it to the show, you can check it out online at tipitinas.com/content/webcast (link no longer active) beginning at approximately 10PM CST. The band's rehearsing at the Music Shed in New Orleans right now-- literally as I'm typing thi …

  • While the Playing For Change Band was in Los Angeles, Grandpa Elliott received a special invitation to perform at Dodger Stadium. To open the game, Grandpa played a soulful rendition of The Star Spangled Banner on his harmonica. And then during the seventh inning stretch, accompanied by Louis Mhlanga on the electric guitar, Grandpa gave this inspired performance of God Bless America. As a blind ma …

  • Mark and the band just finished a great on-air interview and three song set here in New Orleans. The room was tight with all of us crammed into the studio, but no one seemed to mind, as the energy was through the roof! There was a really special moment when Grandpa discussed what it was like to come back to his home town with the PFC Band, and what it meant for him to be a part of this project. …

  • During set break at one of our shows here in New Orleans, I was grabbing a bite with Francois. He had already eaten, and so I asked him what was good. "The fried chicken is very nice," he replied. And so I went over to the buffet to investigate. I was a bit confused when I looked over the food options, and did not see the fried chicken to which he was referring. Then it dawned on me-- they must …

  • Thank you to everyone who tuned in last week to watch the PFC Band perform on the Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien-- it was a truly special day for the whole PFC Family. For this performance, we were thrilled to make a couple of additions to the PFC Band. Long-time friend of PFC, Singer-Songwriter Sara Bareilles joined us on stage, as well as six members from the Zuni People's Twin Eagle Drum Group …

  • The PFC Band rehearses Bilie Jean with the Omag Community Choir. Glastonbury Festival 2009.

  • Three years ago an inspired film crew came to my house in the Mamelodi township and filmed me performing "One Love", “Stand By Me”, and a few of my originals. Over the past few years, this same film crew has traveled all over the world-- from the Mamelodi township, to Santa Monica, CA to Tel Aviv, to Barcelona, to Northern Ireland and back a few times filming musicians all around the world. …

  • Hello PFC Family! The PFC Band just finished taping an amazing performance here at the Tonight Show. While the rest of the crew was packing up to leave, I decided to swing by the green room one last time to make sure all our gear had been collected.  On my way there, I passed by a massive mural of signatures from former Tonight Show guests. Out of the corner of my eye, I was thrilled to see a num …

  • It would be an understatement to say it was a special night for the exceptionally fortunate 10,000 or so people at the Santa Monica Pier for the biggest opening night of the outdoor concert series in its 25 years. The unique mix of pure joy and emotion emanating from those packed on the pier and the thousands of others camped out on the beach below was palpable. I'™ve been attending the free Thur …

  • With all the excitement of the performance itself, I neglected to share one of my favorite moments from Glastonbury. This came not during the show itself, but immediately afterward. The whole band and many of our special guests sat around a campfire backstage and were entertained by impromtu a capella performances by Clarence Bekker, Grandpa Elliott, and Vusi Mahlasela. The three of them took t …

  • 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, Pe …

  • Check out this great article about the PFC Band's appearance at Glastonbury in the Independent.

  • 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 headl …

  • Check out this great article by the BBC covering the Omagh choir, and its plans to join us at Glastonbury on June 27th.

  • Playing For Change has always been about the journey we all take together to find great music and connect people through that music. There is always a sense of discovery whenever the Playing For Change crew arrives in a new city or records a new musician. This past October, Playing For Change was asked to play a concert in New Orleans. It was there that I discovered a man named Grandpa. Our cre …

  • We discovered Roger Ridley performing on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. We asked if he would perform John Lennon’s version of “Stand By Me,” which would become the framework of our first Song Around the World. We were so blown away by his presence and enthusiasm toward music and his audience that we filmed and recorded his entire set!  Roger dedicated this song, “Bring It O …

  • The PFC crew has always embraced the spontaneous, and our trip to Ireland was just that. On Christmas day of 2008 the crew got on a conference call and decided that we would head to Ireland on New Year's Day. We came from all corners of the country and met in Atlanta only to discover our flight was delayed. This gave us a great opportunity to discuss our goals for this once in a lifetime trip. …

  • This Song Around The World is a folk tune that originated in Chennai, India. We started the track in New Orleans and added musicians from the all over the world before finally delivering it the people of its origin. We ended up in Chennai recording and filming vocals by the Oneness Choir. The result is an uplifting track that has a feeling of perseverance and joy.   Lyrics and Chords

  • While filming in Durban, South Africa and in the nearby township of Umlazi, our guide was Bhekani Memela. Bekhani turned out to be one of the most pivotal people we collaborated with during our journey. He is the choir director and founder of “Sinamuva”, who are featured in many of our “Songs Around The World”. His arrangement of these songs brought us to tears! He, along with Sinamuva, …

  • As we made our way around the world we encountered love and hatred. We met people both rich and poor, black and white, and from innumerable religious groups and ideologies. Over the course of our journey it became very clear that as a human race we need to transcend from the darkness to the light, and that music will be our weapon of the future. This video from our Songs Around the World album f …

  • Welcome everyone to the new Playingforchange.com website. It's just the beginning---we have lots more planned---but we're sure you're going to enjoy exploring the depth and breadth of material here. Visit the amazing locations and meet the wonderful people we've met through our journey. At our core we're filmmakers, so we're going to continue to publish new videos that chronicle our ongoing adven …

  • Thanks to our friends at Huffington Post for a great article on Playing For Change.

  • 50 Tibetan CD covers with one prominently displayed Bob Marley album in the middle! In that moment we truly realized the global reach of these amazing musicians! From the award-winning documentary, “Playing For Change: Peace Through Music,” comes an incredible rendition of Bob Marley’s legendary song “One Love” with Keb’ Mo’ and Manu Chao. This is the thir …

  • “Don’t Worry” is the first original Song Around the World featured by Playing For Change. It was written by Pierre Minetti in Barcelona, Spain and speaks of the unity we all share on this planet. As the song states: “Let’s not worry my brother, in this world we are all the same, we must find peace…” This video features over 20 musicians from 4 continents w …