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  • LOS ANGELES, CA—Playing For Change (PFC)—the global movement that was created to connect the world through music by recording, filming, and distributing musical performances—is proud to announce its new sponsor, Audio-Technica, will supply microphones and headphones to all international PFC-related events. Additionally, the Playing For Change Band and the Playing For Change Foundati …

  • The title of this song translates to “I greet my country” and it was written by the great guitar player, Bombino, about his home in Niger after he spent years in exile. Extremists and the leaders of the country tried to ban the guitar as a symbol of the rebellion. Bombino once said, “I do not see my guitar as a gun but rather as a hammer with which to help build the house of the Tuareg p …

  • Drummers, singers, and dancers from the Lakota Nation in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in the USA.

  • Saïba is a kora player who grew up in a Griot family where almost everybody plays music or sings. His grandmother, Dédé Kouyaté is a renowned female Griot singer in Mali. Saïba is currently studying law at the University of Mali. He played kora with many great Malian musicians like Ballaké Sissoko (who took him and ten other young kora players to Morocco to perform), Kandia Kouyaté, Cheic …

  • Giuliana De Donno, born in Matera, Italy, graduated in classic harp from the Saint Cecilia Conservatory in Rome, under the guidance of J. Jugo de Grodnicka. She went on to post-graduate studies in classic harp with E. Zaniboni and C. Antonelli, Paraguayan harp with A.R. Ortiz and L. Almada, and Celtic harp with D. Bouchaud and A. O’Farrell. Her repertoire embraces various musical genres, from …

  • Between the potency of his richly detailed songwriting, his intensely emotional, soulful vocals and his piercing, expert guitar work, New Orleans’ Anders Osborne is a true musical treasure. He is among the most original and visionary musicians writing and performing today. Guitar Player calls him “the poet laureate of Louisiana’s fertile roots music scene.” New Orleans’ Gambit Weekly …

  • Ayano Uema is an accomplised sanshin player, songwriter and one of the best and youngest singers of Okinawan traditional song. Born and raised in Okinawa, Uema’s powerful voice and strong presence have been impressing different audiences all over Japan, from Tokyo to Osaka, since her debut in 2006. Her first album, Negai Boshi, was released in 2006 when she was only 21 years old. Her sec …

  • Seydou Koné is a master djembé player and percussion teacher who lives in Nafadji, a village located 14 km from Kirina, Mali. Seydou is a talented musician and a joyful teacher at the École de Musique de Kirina, one of the Playing For Change Foundation music schools, and leads the percussion band that plays for each dance class at the school.and as much passion and effort as he puts into teach …

  • "One evening, a few years ago in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, the PFC crew and I were waiting for an 80-year-old cuica player to perform on a Song Around The World. I remember it seemed to take forever for him to make it down the hill, as he would stop off in every bar along the way for a drink and some conversation.  As we waited I looked and saw a Rastaman walking across the street with his aco …

  • Today we invite you to learn more about our Song Around The World, “All Along The Watchtower,” and get to know a few of the featured musicians such as John Cruz, Ivan Neville, Cyril Neville, and William Aura. Take a look…

  • One evening, a few years ago in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, the PFC crew and I were waiting for an 80-year-old cuica player to perform on a Song Around The World. I remember it seemed to take forever for him to make it down the hill, as he would stop off in every bar along the way for a drink and some conversation.  As we waited I looked and saw a Rastaman walking across the street with his acoust …

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  • One evening, a few years ago in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, the PFC crew and I were waiting for an 80-year-old cuica player to perform on a Song Around The World. I remember it seemed to take forever for him to make it down the hill, as he would stop off in every bar along the way for a drink and some conversation. As we waited I looked and saw a Rastaman walking across the street with his acoustic …

  • Our friend, Eugene Jarecki, has released a new film titled, THE KING, which explores America via a musical road trip in Elvis Presley's 1963 Rolls Royce. Viewers are taken on a journey through American history and culture using the lens of music, and dive deep into how one musical icon's life parallels with American society. The film is now showing in New York, with more cities coming soon. C …

  • Sponsored by Lee Oskar Harmonicas, Playing For Change is happy to announce our new monthly giveaway sweepstakes! Each month, a new lucky winner will be selected to receive a Lee Oskar Harmonica, tuned to your favorite Playing For Change song, or key of your choosing. Winners will also receive educational information for your new Lee Oskar Harmonica, and by becoming a PFC member, you can enter …

  • At 12:00 a.m. ET, June 20th, our friends at peacechannel.com will be launching a 24-hour live stream webcast in honor of World Refugee Day 2018. The webcast will feature "music, news & views honoring the resilience of 65 million people forced to flee their homes by violence and disaster - the largest displacement in human history." Peace Channel is a non-profit organization dedicated to …

  • A Long Awaited Collaboration On June 1st, Playing For Change posted the music video to "Natural Mystic/Just A Little Bit", making it the sixth song from Listen To The Music to be released in video. While the video is just under 5 minutes long, this collaboration is actually 5 years in the making, and spans 6 different countries, featuring 16 different artists. Whether you haven't seen the rele …

  • Filmed at the beautiful Kualoa Ranch in Oah’u, Hawai’i, this Live Outside video features Taimane performing her original composition, “The Moon,” alongside Windy Weather (violin) and Jasmine ‘Jazzy’ Skurtu (guitar). “Being born and raised in Hawaii, it’s hard not to be inspired by the nature around me,” shares Taimane. “This song came to me one night when I was …

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