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  • Grandpa Elliott reunited with his PFC Band family for their 2018 tour in Brazil and set the stage on fire. Enjoy this video of the PFC Band performing one of the fan favorites, “Fannie Mae” live in Salvador and be sure to keep an eye on our website to see when the band is coming to a city near you.

  • Enjoy this member-exclusive video of the PFC Band performing the rock’n’roll classic “Johnny B. Goode,” live in Goiânia, Brazil.

  • This short documentary explores the origins of blues music in Western Africa and how it spread to the rest of the world via the rivers which transported many Africans away from their native land. We invite you to enjoy Blues of the River featuring interviews and performances by Baaba Maal, Mansour Seck, Tinariwen and more.

  • With decades of experience to show for it, Vasti Jackson's love and admiration for the blues is undeniable. Throughout his vast career, he has shown himself to be a true "Bard of the Blues," telling stories of the genre's roots, teaching audiences about the struggle from which the blues was born, and carrying on the soulful tradition for new generations to grab a hold of. Vast-Eye Bo …

  • [embed]https://youtu.be/Qsz1aPYyR_E[/embed] We are humbled, honored, and grateful to announce that our Playing For Change Foundation is a 2019 Polar Music Prize Laureate along with hip hop pioneer Joseph Saddler, known as Grandmaster Flash, and violinist, Anne-Sophie Mutter. The Polar Music Prize is an award that crosses musical boundaries; celebrating the power and importance of music …

  • Playing For Change is a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music. The idea for this project came from a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. No matter who you are or where you come from, we are all united through music.

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  • Today, we take you behind the song “Congo to the Mississippi,” from our latest album Listen to the Music. In this episode, we sit with Mermans Mosengo, Jason Tamba and Greg Johnson, who share their inspiration for writing this powerful Song Around The World. Take a look…  

  •        A Brother's Fountain and their Journey to South Africa The Playing For Change Movement grew from the belief that we are all connected through music, and it is the universal language that is able to cross borders, cultures, and continents, uniting us as one human race. As we continue our mission to inspire peace through music, we are thrilled to share the journey of Colorado-based …

  • We are proud to share with all of you our first new Song Around The World of 2019, “Seeds Of Freedom,” by Manu Chao. We started filming and recording him playing guitar and singing in a garden in Barcelona, Spain, and then we added musicians around the world to enhance the universal message of the song.  In any language, THE TIME HAS COME TO UNITE AS A HUMAN RACE. “Seeds of Free …

  • We are proud to share with all of you our first new Song Around The World of 2019, "Seeds of Freedom," by Manu Chao. We started filming and recording him playing guitar and singing in a garden in Barcelona, Spain, and then we added musicians around the world to enhance the universal message of the song.  In any language, THE TIME HAS COME TO UNITE AS A HUMAN RACE.   "Seeds of Freedom" Gar …

  • Surendra Shrestha is an internationally known Nepali tabla player who holds a Masters in Music, specializing in Tabla, from Prayag Sangit Samiti, Allahabad, India. He has won numerous awards including third prize in the Classical Music Competition organized by Nepal Praud Sangathan, Certificate Award of Spiritual Music in the Hollywood Spiritual Film Festival in 2004,  first prize in the Classica …

  • Elton Brown, popularly known as Elly B, is a phenomenal guitarist, singer/songwriter, videographer, editor, producer, composer, multi-instrumentalist and now a recording artist. Elly B has worked alongside artists such as Shaggy, Busy Signal, Jesse Royal, Kabaka Pyramid, Konshens, Romain Virgo…and the list goes on and on. He is currently working alongside Damian “Jr Gong” Marley …

  • “Seeds of Freedom” Hello Dear PFC Members! This Friday, we're excited to share an all-new Song Around The World with you, "Seeds of Freedom," written by our friend Manu Chao. The powerful message of this song —that everyone is connected and has the power to plant the seeds to a better future for all human beings—resonates with us and we hope it does with you as well. A word from PF …

  • Wayu is a fusion guitarist with music production and composition skills from Lalitpur, Nepal.

  • Leah Song and Chloe Smith, founding sisters of Rising Appalachia, have long witnessed themselves – by both choice and coincidence – carrying harmony into settings of upheaval and discord. Soon after their eponymous release in 2006, the siblings moved to New Orleans to assist in rebuilding efforts following Katrina. There they gained not only a deeper sense of connection to the roots of America …

  • Grammy Award-winning bassist Bakithi Kumalo’s musical career has been characterized by a series of serendipitous events, ranging from his debut gig as a precocious seven-year-old filling in for the bassist in his uncle’s band to his enlistment into Paul Simon’s group during the recording sessions of the pop star’s landmark Graceland album in 1985. Kumalo creates a singular …

  • Playing For Change Foundation presents: “From Mississippi to the Saharan Desert.” This short film documents Grammy Award-nominated blues musician Vasti Jackson’s journey with percussionist Maya Kyles to the Joudour Sahara Music Program in M’hamid elGhizlane, Morocco fora music residency in the sand dunes of Taragalte Festival with local Saharan musicians. Two weeks, …

  • We can’t believe 2018 is already coming to a close but what a great year it has been! Your continued support in every like, share, comment, membership, and purchase has touched us and we want you to know how thankful we are to have you as part of the PFC family. Because of you, we were able to reach new heights, which included sharing 10 new Song Around The World videos—the most we’ …

  • This year was a great one for all of us at playing For Change. We are thankful for all the people we met, and all the music we enjoyed! Above all, we are deeply thankful for all the love and support you keep giving us – together we are connecting the world through music! This year we released our "Listen To The Music" album, featuring 12 Songs Around The World and many amazing musicians, and …

  • From our hearts to yours, we wish you all a happy holiday season and a new year full of love, peace, and joy! We hope this video of the PFC Band performing “Feliz Navidad” live outside in Salvador, Brazil, spreads some cheer and brings a smile to your face.

  • In the 50 years since its release, "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" has become a timeless classic of Otis Redding's and a permanent landmark in our world's musical history. By the age of 26, his music had reached the heights of Ray Charles and Sam Cooke, and touched the ears of millions of listeners from across the world. Despite his passing at an early age, Otis Redding left a legacy of …

  • In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the classic song “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” by legend Otis Redding, we are honored to have joined forces with the Otis Redding Foundation and Princess Cruises to bring you this special Song Around The World version. Featuring artists Jack Johnson, Corinne Bailey Rae, Aloe Blacc, Otis Redding III, Dexter Redding, Otis Redding Foundation Studen …

  • A rich family legacy. An enduring name that has been embedded in the hearts of millions around the globe. A history of solid performances for fans in both the United States and in Europe. Not many performers today have such advantages like Otis Redding III. Legendary soul singer Otis Redding left his son with a musical heritage that extends far beyond the hit records for which he is famous. Indeed …

  • From Leeds, England, singer/songwriter/musician Corinne Bailey Rae shot to stardom with her self-titled #1 UK debut album in 2006, featuring the global hits “Put Your Records On“ and “Like A Star.” Bailey Rae has received two GRAMMY AWARDS, two MOBOS, alongside multiple nominations including BRIT and BET Awards. She was awarded her first GRAMMY® in 2008 for Album Of The Year when featured …

  • Grammy award-winning Soul legend Otis Redding was born in Dawson, Ga., but relocated to Macon with his family moved when he was two years old. His career began at an early age as a singer and musician in the choir of the Vineville Baptist Church. As a teenager, he was active in his high school band and began competing in the Douglass Theatre talent show which after winning 15 times straight, he wa …

  • Grammy Award-nominated rapper/singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc was born and raised in Los Angeles and grew up listening to salsa, merengue, and cumbia. As a kid, he fell in love with hip-hop and started writing rap songs when he was nine, going on to release his first hip-hop mixtape at age 17. Later developing a fierce admiration for such soul musicians as Donny Hathaway and Marvin Gaye, he also disc …

  • Growing up surrounded by war in his home country of Niger, Bombino is an artist who chose to use his guitar and music as his weapon of choice. We took his song, “Ahoulaguine Akaline,” around the world, adding musicians from the U.S. all the way to Japan—showing men and women, all connected and using their talents as weapons for good. “…When you feel somebody with talent a …

  • In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the classic song "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" by legend Otis Redding, we are honored to have joined forces with the Otis Redding Foundation and Princess Cruises to bring you this special Song Around The World version. Featuring artists Jack Johnson, Corinne Bailey Rae, Aloe Blacc, Otis Redding III, Dexter Redding, Otis Redding Foundation Studen …

  • Mar Sánchez is a guitarist, composer, and arranger from Sevilla, Spain. From a very young age, Sánchez combined her classical training with the electric guitar and modern music. At 14 she led a rock and roll band called SHE, which won numerous contests including the award for the best revelation rock group in 2008. She relocated to Barcelona where she graduated from the Superior Conservatory of …

  • This Live Outside takes places in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and features an original song written by Salif Diarra in honor of Victor Démé; expressing how much he misses him and his feeling of being an orphan since Victor passed away. Salif dedicates this song and extends its meaning—deli means nostalgia in the Dioula language—to all orphans around the world.

  • During a recent video shoot in Bangladesh, bystander Shafin asked what the message behind PFC was all about. We played our video “Listen to the Music” for him and his articulate response moved us all.

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  • Some of the best music is often found in the moment and that’s exactly what happened when we stumbled upon Paulo da Luz carrying his guitar while walking the streets of Salvador, Bahia. A chance encounter sparked a powerful Song Around The World, “Rasta Children.” Featuring 16 musicians from six countries, this song and video are a powerful testament to the great good that comes …

  • The PFC Band is back on the road and ready to rock Brazil! To kick things off we want to bring a little love from Brazil straight to you. The song “Mas, que Nada” was made popular by Sérgio Mendes but has been covered by many other artists including Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald; and now we’re happy to share our friends performing the song live during a jam session in S …

  • To continue the 10 Year celebration of our “Stand By Me” Song Around The World debuting on YouTube, we’d like to share this video of Clarence Bekker sharing his experience recording the song. We first met Clarence in Barcelona after asking around the city for the best soul singer in town. He agreed to join us in creating our very first Song Around The World and added his powerfu …

  • In our third episode, PFC co-founder and producer, Mark Johnson, sits with Come To Life’s Dustin Thomas to discuss the making of our Song Around The World, “Natural Mystic/Just a Little Bit.” “…We wanted to do ‘Natural Mystic’ by Bob Marley and try to get people back in tune with nature, with their own sense of nature too, their own connection to other t …

  • Larkin Poe, a sister duo raised in Atlanta and based out of Nashville, are a rising southern roots and rock group that has a bit more connection to their roots than you'd expect. Receiving their name in honor of their great-great-great grandfather, Larkin Poe, cousin of Edgar Allen Poe, both Rebecca and Megan Lovell are carrying on the family legacy of artistry, one stunned crowd at a time. …

  • “My name is Roger Ridley and I’m in the joy business, I come out here to be with the people…” [caption id="attachment_36639" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Roger Ridley performing "Stand By Me" at the Santa Monica Promenade.[/caption] These were the words I heard in my first interview with Roger Ridley before he sat down to perform “Stand By Me” for the small crowd on the Santa …

  • We invite you to check out this Live Outside performance of PFC Band members Tula, Roberto Luti, Mateo, and Mermans Mosengo performing “I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to be Free,” a song made famous by Nina Simone. Let us share the love that’s in all our hearts and break the chains of oppression that work to divide us.

  • We’re excited to share this Live Outside video from sister-duo Larkin Poe performing a remake of Robert Johnson’s “Come On in My Kitchen,” which was featured on their 2017 album, Peach. As told by the duo, “We’re two southern sisters: born in Tennessee, raised in Georgia. Having grown up in the south, the blues has always been a huge part of our musical upbringi …

  • In 2005, we recorded Roger Ridley on the streets of Santa Monica playing “Stand By Me.”  This original live performance was the starting point of our first Song Around The World which has surpassed 120 million views since it was first uploaded to YouTube 10 years ago today. As we celebrate this milestone, we are happy to share this unreleased video of the moment that started it all …

  • The song “Skin Deep” permeates a message of peace and unity that we are proud to share with the world. In our second episode of When the Music Comes to Life, PFC co-founder Mark Johnson talks about how this song across Chicago became a song across America.   OUR PARTNER Come to Life – Guayaki Come To life is an Artist Driven Music Collective fueled by its parent company Guay …

  • In a vast world brimming with genuine talent, Taimane Gardner is among the most remarkable and awe-inspiring performers to take on the ukulele, breathing life and energy into her music that can only be described as a true force of nature. Beginnings Receiving her name from the Samoan word for "Diamond," Taimane is a Pacific Islander herself, born in Honolulu, Hawai'i to a Samoan mothe …

  • In this episode of Behind The Song, we sit down with Tuareg guitarist Bombino to talk about his song “Ahoulaguine Akaline” which translates to “I greet my country.” Bombino discusses how growing up around war inspired him to use music to not only unite his people but unite the world. Take a look…

  • Before leaving for his band’s tour with Michael Franti, Come To Life’s Dustin Thomas sat down with members of the PFC band and artists from around the world to produce a series of exclusive interviews. In this first video of the series, PFC’s Co-Founder, Mark Johnson, shares some of the inspirations, artists, and messages behind the songs of the Listen to the Music series. As Mark says in th …

  • “Tula’s, beauty, enormous talent and soul, all brought together in perfect harmony. Her voice is like a lighthouse that illuminates the darkness of the world.” Rising star, Tal Ben Ari, aka, TULA, came to the public’s eye back in 2006 when her participation in the videos “Chanda Mama’” and “Lets Not Worry” with international project Playing for Change, became a huge viral hit, w …

  •   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 the house. Luti picked up the guitar around the age of eight, and his dad taught him the basics. He continued learning mostly on his own, loving playing the guitar and trying to match the lines and the tone of the guitar pl …

  • 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 …

  • Enjoy this classic Bob Marley song, “I Shot the Sheriff” performed live outside by Mermans Mosengo and Ali Boulala in the beautiful Kingdom of Bahrain. Let the music set you free.

  • Larkin Poe is comprised of Nashville based Atlanta born sisters Rebecca (lead vocals, electric guitar) and Megan (harmony vocals, lap steel guitar) who named the band after their great-great-great-grandfather, a distant cousin of writer Edgar. Steeped in the traditions of Southern roots music, the sister duo are poised to make a mark all their own with the release of their fourth album Venom & …

  • In this episode of Behind The Song, featured musicians Nattali Rize, and Courtney and Sean Diedrick discuss their experience recording “Rasta Children” while PFC co-founder and producer Mark Johnson gives backstory on how this Song Around The World came to be. Take a look…

  • Enjoy this original song written by Jason Tamba and performed by him along with the rest of the PFC Band at the Highline Ballroom in New York City. In Jason’s words, “Bibamba means we have to put love, happiness, and humility in front of everything, then money must just follow us after that.”

  • Enjoy this original song written by Jason Tamba and performed by him along with the rest of the PFC Band at the Highline Ballroom in New York City. In Jason’s words, “Bibamba means we have to put love, happiness, and humility in front of everything, then money must just follow us after that.”

  • Born to Cadillac, Michigan in 1983, Luke Winslow-King has always held his heart in New Orleans. With a love for tradition, soul, and vintage blues and jazz, Winslow-King has earned his place among a new generation of musicians carrying on the New Orleans sound into the 21st century and beyond. First arriving in Louisiana at the age of 19 while on tour with a Woody Guthrie tribute band, fat …

  • We share with you “The Leaves Turn Brown, ” a beautiful original song from Luke Winslow-King and his bandmates, Christian Carpenter (bass) and Chris Davis (drums). This song and performance are dedicated to the loving memory of Luke’s father, Kurt Albert Balzuweit, who passed away one year ago. “He gave so much that so that I could be where I am today,” says Luke. M …

  • Introduction "This song was co-written by Mermans Mosengo and my brother, Greg Johnson, a few years ago while we were on tour with the PFC Band.  The simple message and anthemic chorus made me really excited to record it as a PFC Song Around The World. We started under the hot African sun in the village of Lukala in the Congo and we added musicians wherever we traveled for the pa …

  • This song was co-written by Mermans Mosengo and my brother, Greg Johnson, a few years ago while we were on tour with the PFC Band. The simple message and anthemic chorus made me really excited to record it as a PFC Song Around The World. We started under the hot African sun in the village of Lukala in the Congo and we added musicians wherever we traveled for the past few years until we finally add …

  • This song was co-written by Mermans Mosengo and my brother, Greg Johnson, a few years ago while we were on tour with the PFC Band.  The simple message and anthemic chorus made me really excited to record it as a PFC Song Around The World. We started under the hot African sun in the village of Lukala in the Congo and we added musicians wherever we traveled for the past few years until we finally a …

  • Put on your boogie shoes and get on your feet for this electrifying rendition of Little Milton’s “That’s What Love Will Make You Do,” featuring Mississippi living blues legend, Vasti Jackson, and the PFC Band. This performance was filmed live at Max Watt’s in Sydney, Australia. Enjoy!

  • We invite you to learn more about our Song Around The World, “Natural Mystic/Just a Little Bit” and get to know a few of the featured musicians such as Paula Fuga, Donald Kinsey and Lee Oskar. Take a look…

  • The PFC crew met Tinariwen, a group of Tuareg blues musicians, several years ago while filming in Bamako, Mali. After finding the perfect place to record, underneath a large tree with plenty of shade, the band began performing and soon a crowd of children gathered to enjoy the sounds. We invite you to join us in this magical moment and let the music soothe your soul.

  • Our Song Around The World “Rasta Children” began because of a chance encounter with the musician Paulo da Luz while in filming in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. Check out his original performance and see how one man was the catalyst to a song that then traveled to the streets of Jamaica, Australia, the Congo, and beyond.

  •   "I do not see my guitar as a gun but rather as a hammer with which to help build the house of the Tuareg people." With over 1400 years of deeply rooted historical and cultural context in a single song, "Ahoulaguine Akaline" comes from a different breed of rebel rockers. Kel Tamasheq, known commonly as the Tuareg people, are an ancient society of nomads and herdsmen that exist across the …

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  • 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 …

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  • We'd like to introduce you to our friend, partner, and honorary PFC Band member, Lee Oskar, who's a world-renowned harmonica virtuoso, composer, producer, visual artist, musical explorer and harmonica manufacturer. As a founding member of the funk/jazz group WAR, Lee toured globally exposing the harmonica to many people and countries where the musical instrument was not part of the culture. He th …

  • 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 peopl …

  • Ali Boulala (Born August 24th, 1991) is a Belgian/Bahraini guitarist, composer, producer and songwriter based in the Kingdom of Bahrain.  Born in the U.A.E and raised between Palau, Belgium and Bahrain helped pave the way for an equally eclectic range of musical influences and styles heavily rooted in Blues, Funk & R&B.  The studio is his first home, where he is passionate about developi …

  • This talented songstress was born and raised on the island of Kauaʻi with four generations of her family rooted in Hawaiian music. She started singing professionally and composing traditional songs as Hawaiian language curriculum for theʻAha Pūnana Leo (a pioneering Hawaiian language revitalization program). For the Hawaiian music mainstream, it encouraged and promoted the documentation of our …

  • 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…

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  • We are excited to share this video of our friend Brendan O’Hara performing his original song, “Jah Fakya,” filmed live outside in Austin, Texas, USA. This feel-good song showcases Brendan not only singing but also playing the guitar, keyboard, and melodica as well as looping himself to create a true one-man band. As he states in the lyrics, “getting lost is one way of getti …

  • 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 …

  • 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 teac …

  • "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 …

  • 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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  • Luke Winslow-King’s latest album is an example of craftsmanship at the highest level, radiating a warmth and timeless elegance. Adept at mixing country, blues, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll, and folk influences intuitively and masterfully, Luke shapes a mood from many sources and shepherds it to a unifying place of acceptance and hope. Blue Mesa is both stately and approachable, manifestly profic …

  • Enjoy this original composition, “Love and Be Loved,” by PFC Band member, Tula, and featuring Idan Balas on guitar. Filmed on location live outside in Jerusalem.

  • Sean “Pow” Diedrick is an artist, producer and songwriter born in St. Ann, Jamaica. He grew up in church playing the piano, where he learned most of his music. He was exposed to reggae, jazz and gospel from an early age, studying and performing at resorts with reggae bands. He has performed with Grammy winning artist Damian Marley, and Sean himself has received three Grammys and severa …

  • Salvador Persico is an Australian percussionist, performer, educator and composer. He is heavily influenced by Afro-Cuban and Latin American folk/popular music, Latin Jazz, 70’s Salsa and Reggae – Afro Cuban Percussion has been particularly a big part of Salvador’s musical repertoire. He completed a Bachelor of Music Performance in Improvisation in 2004, at the Victorian College …

  • Born in Jamaica, Nikki Burt started singing when she was only twelve years old, while still at primary school. She was part of a folk music group at school and throughout her childhood, she was also greatly involved in her church and sang solo every Sunday to the congregation. Once in high school, she became the lead vocalist of a band called “Fresh” – for three years the band …

  • The original idea for this Bob Marley Song Around The World was born back in 2013 when the PFC crew first visited the Congo.  Mark asked himself, “How can we live in a world that allows people to live like this, with virtually no food, no money, and no hope?” The lyric, “Things are not the way they used to be…one and all got to face reality” came to mind as he looked out into the rive …

  • Congratulations to all those who participated in the "Listen to the Music" Contest! We are full of joy after hearing all of the amazing submissions from across the globe. Thank you to each and every one of you for joining in and sharing your creativity, and a huge thank you to our partner, nana, for making it all possible. While many of the submissions featured wonderful embellishments o …

  • The original idea for this Bob Marley Song Around The World was born back in 2013 when the PFC crew first visited the Congo.  Mark asked himself, “How can we live in a world that allows people to live like this, with virtually no food, no money, and no hope?” The lyric, “Things are not the way they used to be…one and all got to face reality” came to mind as he looked out into the ri …

  • Born and raised in Oahu, Hawaii to a musical family that spans generations, Mike Love is one of reggae music’s rising stars as he brings a multitude of influences to the table, all tied together by the common goal of making the world a better place.  Through the grassroots method of releasing his albums independently, on his own Love Not War Records label, and performing 250 plus shows a year, …

  • Irie Love was born in a small Hawaiian town called Kailua, where she was encouraged by her mother to sing solos at the family church. She began singing at age thirteen and first gained notice as one of the finalists on the “Brown Bags to Stardom” talent competition in Hawaii, in 1999. Since then she has toured the world with such names as Morgan Heritage, Pink, Chaka Khan, Fiji, J Bo …

  • Born May 12, 1953 in Gary, Indiana, Donald Kinsey is an American guitarist and singer, best known as a member of the reggae backing group for Bob Marley and the Wailers. Besides Bob Marley, Kinsey has recorded with various renowned musicians, including Peter Tosh, Albert King and Roy Buchanan. Kinsey is one of the three sons of the late Chicago blues performer, Big Daddy Kinsey. In 1984, al …

  • Born and raised in Kailua, Haiwaii, songwriter and performer Brad “BW” Watanabe has been making music most of his whole life: he started taking ukulele lessons at 3 and piano lessons at 5. Later, when in high school, he taught himself guitar and bass and started jamming with a few friends and in a few different bands. In 2004, BW was asked to join one of his favorite bands, Ooklah th …

  • We’re happy to share this live performance of “Black Water” from our friends Tom Johnston, Patrick Simmons, and John McFee of The Doobie Brothers, who joined the PFC Band along with Lee Oskar and Ellis Hall to perform a few of their hits during our recent WE ARE ONE Benefit concert in Los Angeles. Let the music play and sing along, “old black water, keep on rollin’ …

  • PLAYING FOR CHANGE DAY was created in 2011 to unite the global community through the power of music. On Playing For Change Day, communities will gather as musicians and music lovers from all over the world to perform on stages, street corners, schools, yoga studios, and cafes all with the goal of bringing music into the lives of young people.Over the last 7 years, thousands of musicians and music …

  • Chantz R.Powell, 31-years old from New Orleans is an international recording artist and powerhouse entertainer. Singer, trumpeter, dancer, composer, and actor; Chantz Powell is one of the most interesting artists in the new generation of musicians out of New Orleans, the cradle of jazz. With a mix of influences from the schools of several generations of American musicians, Chantz is something like …

  • In celebration of Roger Ridley’s birthday, we’d like to honor him with this special video featuring his sister, Alice Tan Ridley. Roger, you are missed and your spirit lives on through your music. One love from your Playing For Change family. See Alice Tan Ridley reunited with her brother Roger in our Song Around The World, “Bring It On Home To Me.“

  • Claudio Mola, born in Matera in 1979, is a renowned accordion player keeping many cooperations with the most famous protagonists of the musical scene of the whole South of Italy.His studies started at the age of 6  with some music teachers coming from Basilicata and Apulia. He has been working on the area of Matera for the research, preservation, and spreading of traditional songs and sounds. L …

  • I remember having a daydream about the opening acoustic guitar part of “All Along The Watchtower” ending with a Native American scream and a big native drum on the downbeat. That was the spark to assemble one of our biggest and deepest Songs Around The World. From Beirut to New Orleans to the Lakota Nation, musicians play and sing like a musical army determined to stop suffering and greed all …

  • Get to know featured musicians Ellis Hall and Char as they give you an inside look at their experience recording our Song Around The World, “Listen to the Music.”

  • I remember having a daydream about the opening acoustic guitar part of “All Along The Watchtower” ending with a Native American scream and a big native drum on the downbeat. That was the spark to assemble one of our biggest and deepest Songs Around The World. From Beirut to New Orleans to the Lakota Nation musicians play and sing like a musical army determined to stop suffering and greed all o …

  • We are proud to share this video, produced by Playing For Change in partnership with Turnaround Arts  to share the message that the arts have the power to improve our schools and build more compassionate, connected communities. Turnaround Arts infuses struggling schools with the arts as a strategy to bolster reform efforts and is a national program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performin …

  • Born in Hawaii, Lopaka Colón Jr. is an established percussionist and multi “Na Hoku Hanohano” award winner (Hawaii’s version of the Grammy’s). He’s the son of the famous percussionist Augie Colón, and has since a young age followed in his father steps – he attended the University of Hawaii for 6 years majoring in Ethnomusicology. In the late 90’s, Lopaka was part of the s …

  • John Densmore is a musician, songwriter, author and actor from Los Angeles, California, best known as the rhythmic engine of The Doors. Responsible for some of the most famous beats in rock history, Densmore founded the rock band and was the drummer from 1965 to 1973. In fact, he was the only drummer in the Doors’ history and appeared on every recording made by the band. Densmore is also a …

  • Baaba Sissoko was born on December 25, 1999, in Bamako. His father, Mountaga Sissoko, is the N’goni (traditional guitar) and taman (talking drum) teacher at Ecole de Musique de Kirina, a Playing For Change Foundation school in Mali. Baaba was born in arts/music because Mountaga, his father, is both a craftsman and musician; making all the instruments he plays. Baaba’s mother, Nene Sissoko, is …

  • Ahmed Abdul-Samed is a musician from Ghana who plays gonje. His first contact with music was through his grandfathers as a child, they taught him the traditional horsehair violin. Nowadays, he is considered a master in his field and regularly performs at traditional ceremonies and music festivals around Ghana. Abdul-Samed has released two albums in Northern Ghana throughout his career – one …

  • Playing For Change is proud to join our partner, nana, for the "Listen to the Music" Contest! Collaborate with musicians from around the world using official Playing For Change tracks exclusively available on the nana app. Nana will carefully hand-select 20 finalists from all submissions and the PFC team will choose the "Best Collaboration" and "Outstanding Collaboration" to win some special p …

  • Join PFC co-founder and producer Mark Johnson at Playing For Change studios where he gives you a behind the scenes look at our latest Song Around The World, “Listen to the Music.” Learn how the song was made, who was involved, and the purpose and story behind the song in this exclusive video.

  • On season one of NBC’s ‘The Voice,’ Nakia quickly became a fan favorite using his big grizzly voice to transform pop songs. While producers focused on his relationship and his struggle to make ends meet as a blues singer, what they didn’t show you on TV was just how much Nakia accomplished on his own prior to show. Long before Nakia was a semifinalist on CeeLo Green’s …

  • Massamba Diop is a master of the tama or talking drum from Senegal, West Africa, and the co founder of The Senegal-America Project. He has worked with Afro-pop superstar Baaba Maal and his Daande Lenol Orchestra since its inception over twenty years ago. During that time he has incorporated the fiery Wolof traditions of his homeland into a contemporary sound. His music reflects the ancient origins …

  • Lara Johnston is emerging as one of pop music’s most dynamic voices. Her rich, soulful vocal tone has afforded her the opportunity to perform around the world, both on her own, and as a backing vocalist for artists like Don Henley and Belinda Carlisle. Most recently, Lara has been spending time between Los Angeles and Nashville, writing and recording a new EP that she plans to release this summe …

  • The Playing For Change Band is performing live at The Bluebird Theater in Denver, Colorado on Thursday, June 7th with opening act Coal Town Reunion. Ages 16+. Get your tickets now!

  • This member exclusive features Paul Barrere, Fred Tackett, and Kenny Gradney of the band Little Feat performing their 1971 hit “Willin’,” also known as the “truckers ballad.” Enjoy the sounds and as Paul says, “If you know it, show it by singing along.”

  • As we celebrate Women’s History Month as well as the recent International Women’s Day, we are proud to share a video featuring Hawaiian Ukulele player, Taimane, along with Jasmine “Jazzy” Skurtu (guitar), Windy Weather (violin), and Jonathan Heraux (percussion). This video takes you on a journey through the beautiful mountains of Kualoa Ranch in Oahu while the song takes yo …

  • Miranda Dawn met Chris Hawkes when he crossed an Austin barroom floor and asked her to dance. The first time they sang together they found a sound Texas Monthly calls “undeniably intimate”. Their initial duo effort, Golden Heart, climbed to No. 25 in Billboard’s Folk chart and landed at No. 2 in iTunes singer-songwriter albums kicking off a whirlwind of cross-country touring performances wit …

  • Taimane has long committed to following her passion and creating a sound and style all her own with her instrument of choice, the ukulele. Her attraction to the four-string island staple began at age 3, and by age 10, she regularly performed in public, busking in Waikiki in her home state of Hawaii every Friday night with her father holding down security duties and Waikiki Beach Boys (adults whose …

  • We are happy to share an electrifying performance from our friends, Little Feat, who joined the PFC Band along with members of The Doobie Brothers, Ellis Hall, and Lee Oskar to perform some of their hits during our WE ARE ONE Benefit Concert in October of 2017. Ranked as one of the top 25 songs about the south by Rolling Stone Magazine, enjoy this live rendition of “Dixie Chicken.”

  • In music as in life, the things that make us different make us stronger. All the various instruments, tones, perspectives, and cultures in this recording combine to create a new version of this classic Song Around The World. The idea was born a few years ago during breakfast at the Byron Bay Bluesfest in Australia. Our friend and drummer, Peter Bunetta, introduced me to Tom Johnston of The Doobie …

  •   SONGWRITERS, ARTISTS & FANS CREATING MUSIC TOGETHER! We invite you to discover "Aballoon" a platform that allows you to connect with people from all over the world and create lyrics together! People Meet new people, make new friends and share your creativity by writing lyrics that might turn into amazing songs! Private Lyrics Write your own lyrics privately in an organized …

  • Danish born Lee Oskar is a world-renowned harmonica virtuoso, composer, producer, visual artist, musical explorer and manufacturer of Lee Oskar Harmonicas. Oskar shares his signature music with loyal fans around the globe, featuring new arrangements, innovative compositions and well-loved hits. In Oskar’s iconic role as a founding member and lead harmonica player for the pioneer funk/jazz band, …

  • Little Feat was formed in Los Angles in 1969 by Lowell George; a singer-songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist, and Bill Payne; a keyboardist. Their music is a fusion of Southern rock, blues, jazz and Cajun funk. Along with Lowell and Payne, the original line-up included Roy Estrada on bass and Richie Hayward on drums. The band’s self-titled debut album was released in 1971 on Warner Brothers …

  • Cyril Neville maybe the last great voice of New Orleans music. One of the four Neville Brothers, Cyril Neville was the youngest, born on January 10, 1948, in New Orleans, LA. Cyril picked up his love of music from his parents and his older brothers at an early age, but it wasn’t until 1967 (at the age of 19) that Cyril began singing professionally, as he united with brothers Art and Aaron in …

  • Son of the great soul singer Aaron Neville, Ivan Neville was born in 1959, in New Orleans, Louisiana, and is an accomplished multi-intrumentalist, songwriter, and singer. He first started playing in a band in 1977 – Renegade was its name – and still as a teenager, Ivan joined his father and uncles in the nascent Neville Brothers, serving as third keyboardist, along with Art Nevill …

  • We invite you to learn more about our Song Around The World, “Everlasting Arms,” and two of the featured musicians—Luke Winslow-King, who composed the song, and Vasti Jackson. Take a look…

  • “You can lean on me brother, I can see you’ve carried too long…” This lyric is something we can all relate to. Sometimes life gets to be too much or too hard and we need somewhere positive to put our troubles so we can move on. Music is one of best places to put your problems and lay down your burdens, and when you hear Luke Winslow-King, Vasti Jackson, Dr. John, and the Roots Gospel Voice …

  • “I Don’t Know Where I’m Going” is an original song by our friends, War and Pierce, a 21st-century blues singer/songwriter duo. Enjoy their calming melodies and vocals as they perform live outside in Los Angeles.

  • This song is a favorite of the PFC Band and reminds us all that there are brighter days ahead. Live from our We Are One Benefit Concert held October 3rd, 2017 at the Mayan Theater in Los Angeles, enjoy the PFC Band performing the Sam Cooke classic, “A Change Is Gonna Come.”

  • Listen to the Music is our newest body of work comprising 12 new Songs Around The World and featuring 200 musicians from 25 different countries recorded live outside with a mobile studio . The album will be released on April 20th, 2018, with one new video from the series dropping every month! 100% of Playing For Change’s profits from this album will go to the Playing For Change Foundation, help …

  • Playing For Change and Buddy Guy united to record and film his anthem, “Skin Deep,” across America. The song includes over 50 musicians from coast to coast featuring Buddy Guy, Tom Morello, Billy Branch, Chicago Children’s Choir, and Roots Gospel Voices of Mississippi.  Originally, this was going to be a song across Chicago to bring light to all the violent shootings across the city but …

  • Dave Herrero is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who is featured on our recently released “Skin Deep” song across America. He got his start as a professional touring musician in 1996 in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, before moving to Austin, TX where he played with the likes of Gary Clark Jr., Charlie Sexton, Lazy Lester, Matt Powell, and Seth Walker and was also a founding member of …

  • “You can lean on me brother, I can see you’ve carried too long…” This lyric is something we can all relate to. Sometimes life gets to be too much or too hard and we need somewhere positive to put our troubles so we can move on. Music is one of best places to put your problems and lay down your burdens, and when you hear Luke Winslow-King, Vasti Jackson, Dr. John, and Roots …

  • This song is called “Weleni” and is about the massive exodus of African youth to Europe. We invite you to enjoy this beautiful song performed by the group Miriya and filmed live outside in Sikasso, Mali.

  • In our first episode of Behind The Song, PFC Producer Mark Johnson interviews musicians from our recently released “Skin Deep” across America video at Buddy Guy’s Legends club in Chicago. Take a look…

  • Playing For Change and Buddy Guy united to record and film his anthem, “Skin Deep” across America. The song includes over 50 musicians from coast to coast featuring Buddy Guy, Tom Morello, Billy Branch, Chicago Children’s Choir, and Roots Gospel Voices of Mississippi. Originally, this was going to be a song across Chicago to bring light to all the violent shootings across the city but as tim …

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  • 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 …

  • Playing For Change Band joins the line-up for the 2018 GoPro Mountains of Music concert series being held at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in the evenings after the GoPro Mountain Games competition. Learn more at https://mountaingames.com

  • Playing For Change Band joins the line-up for the 2018 GoPro Mountains of Music concert series being held at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in the evenings after the GoPro Mountain Games competition. Learn more at https://mountaingames.com

  • Terry Wilson was born in Warren, Arkansas, but was raised in Deer Park, Texas, where his family relocated when he was four. His interest in music began at an early age and by the time he reached fifteen he began his professional career in music by playing local talent shows and school dances in and around the Deer Park, Pasadena, and Houston areas of Texas. It was after high school and two yea …

  • Playing For Change and Buddy Guy united to record and film his anthem, “Skin Deep” across America. The song includes over 50 musicians from coast to coast featuring Buddy Guy, Tom Morello, Billy Branch, Chicago Children’s Choir, and Roots Gospel Voices of Mississippi.  Originally, this was going to be a song across Chicago to bring light to all the violent shootings across the city but as t …

  • The Roots Gospel Voices of Mississippi choir was founded by Vasti Jackson in 1998 and is a dynamic, soul lifting, live inspiring vocal ensemble presenting glorious gospels, and sanctifies spirituals. In today’s musical world of synthesizers, sampling, lip-sync, autotune, and pantomime, nothing conveys the emotion of the human experience more powerfully, and clearly than the human voice. Roo …

  • We are proud to introduce one of our newest Playing For Change Foundation program partners – the Baja Musical Arts Initiative in Tijuana, Mexico. Youth in Mexico have been impacted by the growth of drug activity and violence infiltrating their neighborhoods and communities. The instability and risks that youth face in this type of environment are barriers to their education and their abil …

  • Mark Twain once said, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness…” and with this inspiration, we invite you to take a musical trip with us to the land of Burkina Faso in West Africa. This country’s name translates to “Land of honest men” and I have never been more inspired by any place in my life. Some of the world’s poorest people are a …

  • Marty Sammon is an American Blues keyboardist who is recognized for his energetic performances, improvisation and mastery of traditional styles (Ragtime Blues, Roots and Funk). Sammon has established himself as an ambassador of Chicago Blues appearing on several commercially distributed DVDs, television shows (US and in Europe), and Grammy Award winning albums. His book, Blues Keyboard Method, wi …

  • Salif Diarra is a composer, multi-instrumentist, and singer from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Salif is from a “griot” family of the Bobo ethnia and has been performing internationally with musicians such as Victor Demé and Yapa et la roulette russe.  Salif started to play music at a young age along with his brothers, Ali and Samba and also learned to make instruments. In a few years, Salif wen …

  • We are closing the year and we want to thank you all for believing in what we do. We are continuing to work on our mission of connecting and inspiring the world through music, and 2017 was a year full of blessings and happy moments!   First of all, we are so excited to be releasing a new series of Songs Around The World this 2018, for which we have been traveling all over the world thes …

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  • Take a journey behind the scenes of our Song Around The World, “Bring It On Home To Me,” explained by PFC Co-Founder Mark Johnson.

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  • This is the final PFC Song Around The World featuring both Roger Ridley and Grandpa Elliott together and serves as a tribute to them both for all the love and talent they have shared with everyone who’s ever passed them by on the streets. I remember asking Roger Ridley, “Why with a voice like yours are you playing music on the street?” He replied, “Man I’m in the joy business, I come out …

  • Sassi di Matera Strings is part of a bigger ensemble called Matera Rolling Orchestra, a young, open-minded orchestra dedicated to visual arts and present-day productions, recorded in an unbelievable stone theater in ancient Matera, Italy. Founded by viola player Anna Maria Losignore, sound engineer Angelo Cannarile, and composer/producer Federico Ferrandina, Matera Rolling Orchestra has collaborat …

  • Julito Padrón, (Julio Enrique Padrón Veranes) originally from Matanzas, Cuba, (April, 1971) started playing the trumpet from the age of 9 years. After training in Pinar del Rio and later in Havana’s musical conservatories (1991) Julio started his artistic career with the renowned singer and multi-instrument player Bobby Carcassés. Later he joined Septeto Nacional Ignacio Piñeiro, however, Ju …

  •   [rev_slider alias="vert-promo-cd-lttm"] Welcome to our newest body of work featuring 12 new Songs Around The World. All music in this series was recorded live outside with a mobile studio and features 220 musicians from 24 different countries. Take a musical journey with us and together let’s create a world where we care more about each other and find more positive solutions t …

  • Carlos Manuel Miyares Hernández was born in Santiago de Cuba in the year 1980. He began his music studies at the age of seven at the ‘Escuela Vocacional de Arte José María Heredia’ (Vocational School of Art), specialising in the piano. After four years he switched to the saxophone and finished his tuition with teacher Raul Cordies, reaching elemental level in 1994. He then went on to study …

  • At the age of 4, Tony surprised everyone around him by performing his own piano arrangement of Beatles songs. He has possessed good ears for music from a very young age. Going on to study classical piano, as well as musical grammar, composition, and ensemble, Tony participated in the Junior Original Concert in Japan at age 11, with his own piano composition. And since, he has taken up other instru …

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  • We are proud to share a Live Outside video featuring Habib Koité with Mamadou and Mahamadou Diabaté, and very special guest Roberto Luti.  This performance was recorded and filmed live in Bamako, Mali on a recent trip to visit our PFC music school in the ancient village of Kirina.  I have loved the music of Habib Koité for many years and it’s an honor to share a song of his with all of …

  • Enjoy this video of the PFC Band and honorary member, The Ambassador of Soul Ellis Hall, as they perform a moving rendition of the song that started it all, “Stand By Me.” Join us in song and watch the love fill the room.

  • Enjoy the Playing For Change Band performing the Toots & The Maytals song, “Reggae Got Soul” filmed live during the band’s show at the Highline Ballroom in New York in June 2017.

  • Sanjay Kumar Shrestha has been playing music since he was a student at St Xavier’s school. He played in numerous school bands and Brother Josh Niraula, who noticed his talent, gifted him his first guitar. While Sanjay’s first instrument was the Nepali folk maadal, his experience has led him to experiment with all kinds of drums and percussions and various forms of music including fusion, …

  • “When people ask me about my blindness, I tell them, ‘I didn’t pay the electric bill on time… So they cut the lights out on me!'” – 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 son …

  • Born on May 3rd, 1991, in Tokyo, HIRAIDAI was influenced by his father who loved guitar and surfing. HIRAIDAI became familiar with the ocean at an early age. He started gaining and interest in music around three years old after his grandmother gave him a ukulele. His memorable, sweet and gentle vocals and lyrics along with his catchy melodies make listeners relaxed and peaceful. In 2011, he came …

  • Listen to the Music,  by Tom Johnston (featuring The Doobie Brothers, Ellis Hall, Rajhesh Vaidhya, Roots Gospel Voices of Mississippi, Char, and HIRAIDAI) In music as in life, the things that make us different make us stronger. All the various instruments, tones, perspectives and cultures in this recording combine to create a new version of this classic Song Around The World. The idea was born …

  • “With My Own Two Hands,” by Ben Harper, is part of a partnership with the international anti-poverty NGO, ATD Fourth World, and their #StopPoverty campaign. Wherever men and women are condemned to live in poverty, human rights are violated – but together, with our own two hands, we can build a world without poverty. We hope you enjoy the video and that you’ll join all of us around the …

  • Born in Jeremie in 1989, Seth’s first instrument was the drums, and then the bass guitar. Seth was part of the reggae and Haitian roots group Zilé, and then after its break up founded the group Djazakala with his brother. Mixing rock and reggae, the group is preparing their first album entitled “Nou Granmoun.”

  • Together, the two young Haitian drummers Gregory Laforest and Lawrence sardau-Francisco (Cisco) founded the Pawòl Tanbou with the goal of putting drums at the heart of their music.  Today, in collaboration with other musicians, their music is a mix of Haitian and West African music where drums take center stage.

  • After 25 years of existence, in 2012, the Orchester Symphonique Lyonnais changed its name to become the Symphonic Orchestra Confluences: in reference to its home port, the city of Lyon and its magnificent confluences, but also and above all to illustrate the DNA of this orchestra: a constant will to openness and collaborations with other worlds, other worlds of art. Conducted by Philippe Fournier …

  • The Minstrels Rhythm of Hope is a service oriented choral group. As performers, they play a very important advocacy role, increasing public awareness of the plight of the underprivileged in our society. They also generate support for themselves and the poor in their community. Through their involvement at the grass roots level, they share their best with the least, enhance the potential and skills …

  • We recently collaborated with the NGOATD Fourth World, to create a new Song Around the World to raise awareness about poverty. This video will take you to our shoot in Burkina Faso where we had an amazing time recording musicians and seeing the change that ATD is creating with their hard work.   ATD (All Together in Dignity) Fourth World is a movement of solidarity among and in collaboration …

  • We invite you to join us as we travel to Haiti for a Live Outside performance of the song “Haiti Oh,” featuring Haitian musician Jean-Francois Gay. Let this music lift you up and show that no matter how many reasons life gives you to cry, there are a thousand more reasons to smile.  

  • Jean-Francois Gay is an artist, musician, and actor from the favela of Tibwa in the Martissant neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, Haiti.   After seeing his older brother playing the guitar, Jean-Francois decided to learn himself. His father promised to buy him his own guitar but passed away in 1993 before being able to offer him that gift. Instead, Jean-Francois started playing by borrowing guitars …

  • Jack Johnson and dozens of artists joined more than 1,000 Hawai’i keiki (children) in this beautiful medley. Weʻre excited to present our 2nd ʻSong Across Hawaiʻiʻ collaboration with Hawaiian nonprofit @Mana Maoli, filmed across many breathtaking Hawaii locations as part of their #ManaMele project, which features a Music & Multimedia Academy and Solar Mobile Studio with programs in more …

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  • Come see the Playing For Change Band live, as they headline the DirecTV Arena in Buenos Aires.

  • Originally from Los Angeles and based out of Seattle, WA, Robin has been involved with Playing For Change since its inception. If you look closely you can see him at the beginning of the “Stand By Me” video where Rodger Ridley is playing Robin’s guitar. Over the years, he has worn many hats:  producing, mixing, songwriting and playing guitar in the band. Tasty solos and soulful …

  • The Playing For Change Foundation celebrates its 10th anniversary, a decade creating positive change through music and arts education around the world. Free classes are provided in safe and nurturing environments for children residing in some of the most challenged environments on the planet. By supporting the foundation’s programs over the past decade, you made a difference in the lives of chi …

  • Los Angeles, CA, August 22, 2017 — Playing For Change, the multimedia company responsible for the popular ‘Songs Around The World’ video series, has announced it will host WE ARE ONE, a concert benefitting the Playing For Change Foundation and celebrating 10 years of positive change through music. Official partners for the event include Los Angeles’ premier rock radio station 95.5 KLOS, …

  • [rev_slider alias="home-listen"]   Playing For Change is a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music, born from the shared belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. Our primary focus is to record and film musicians performing in their natural environments and combine their talents and cultural power in in …

  • WE ARE ONE: A Concert Benefitting the Playing For Change Foundation: Celebrating 10 Years of Positive Change Through Music On October 3rd, 2017, Playing For Change will stage an all-star concert and fundraiser for the Playing For Change Foundation, supporting free music education for children across the globe. The event will feature the Playing For Change Band, along with special guests The Doobie …

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  • “You can blow out a candle but you can’t blow out a fire, once the flames begin to catch the wind will blow it higher.” This summarizes the Playing For Change movement in which individuals can and will create a better world together. Enjoy this moving performance from the PFC Band recorded live at their recent show at the Highline Ballroom in New York City. This is a tribute to …

  • 1st show: Doors 17:30, show 19:00 2nd show: Doors 20:45, show 21:30

  • Each small act of kindness affects lives unknown. Kindness expands each time it is passed until a simple courtesy becomes active courage. This is the amazing story behind PFCF’s 10 years of encouraging a new generation of peacemakers through the power of music. MUSIC ALWAYS UNITES US highlights our recent efforts in Nepal and Thailand offering a glimpse into the future of this groundbreaking …

  • [rev_slider alias="home-listen"] Playing For Change is a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music, born from the shared belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. Our primary focus is to record and film musicians performing in their natural environments and combine their talents and cultural power in innovative …

  • Born in 1977 during the Lebanese civil war, the tough conditions didn’t stop Tarek Ayoubi from finding his passion for music. Deciding on his own when he was young to become a musician, he started taking Oud lessons. He started several bands and soon created a name for himself in Lebanon and has gone on to play with a number of well-known musicians.

  • Sending love to you from your PFC family. We invite you to enjoy this soulful rendition of PFC Band member, Clarence Bekker, accompanied by Francisco “Rubio” Guisado on guitar, performing an acoustic version of the song “Valerie.” Filmed live in Barcelona, Spain, Clarence gives you his take on the song originally performed by The Zutons and later covered by Amy Winehouse. …

  • PLAYING FOR CHANGE DAY was created in 2011 to unite the global community through the power of music. On Playing For Change Day, communities will gather as musicians and music lovers from all over the world to perform on stages, street corners, schools, yoga studios, and cafes all with the goal of bringing music into the lives of young people. Last year Playing For Change Day resulted in over 200+ …

  • PLAYING FOR CHANGE DAY IS A GLOBAL MUSIC EVENT DEDICATED TO BRINGING CHANGE TO THE WORLD THROUGH THE POWER OF MUSIC. EVERY YEAR, THOUSANDS OF MUSICIANS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD COME TOGETHER AS ONE TO SPREAD PEACE THROUGH MUSIC. OVER THE LAST 7 YEARS, THOUSANDS OF MUSICIANS AND MUSIC LOVERS HAVE JOINED THE EFFORT, CHANGING THE WORLD ONE HEART AND ONE SONG AT A TIME. Musicians and non-musi …

  • We invite you to celebrate the birth of Bella Mosengo as we welcome her into the world with this Live Outside version of the Lionel Richie song, “Stuck On You,” performed by her father, Mermans Mosengo of the PFC Band. Spread the love!

  • 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 …

  • We invite you to enjoy this Live Outside performance of “Let It Shine,” an original song by 21st century Blues singer/songwriter duo, War & Pierce. Here’s your chance to see it first, before its released to the public — membership has its benefits 🙂 Enjoy!

  • We are proud to share with you a new video featuring our friends War & Pierce performing their original song, “I Lived To Tell About It,” live outside in Los Angeles. Turn it up and remember we are stronger than any obstacle or challenge we may face. Together, we will persevere in love and peace.

  • Enjoy this member exclusive video featuring Keb’ Mo’ and the California Feetwarmers.

  • See the Playing for Change Band perform live in Seattle at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley for one night only. Show times are Monday, June 26th at 7:30pm and 9:30pm. Doors open at 6pm.

  • The Playing For Change Band is back on the road for their Peace Through Music World Tour and are making their way to the United States! This band is a unique fusion of influences and talents from around the world, and these passionate musicians will have you out of your seat dancing one minute and move you to tears the next. Get your tickets now and don’t miss this one of a kind show! Che …

  • Enjoy this beautiful performance of the Leonard Cohen song, “Dance Me to the End of Love,” by Tula and Roberto Luti; recorded live at Max Watt’s House of Music in Sydney, Australia this past April.

  • The Song “Littlest You” began as a Father’s lullaby for his unborn child. It was the intent of Songwriter/Producer Scott Reid, to complete the song after his daughter’s birth, however she came much too quickly and was born premature, at only 24 weeks of gestation. Madeline’s condition at the time of birth required the highest level of care available, so she was born in a specialized H …

  • See the Playing For Change Band perform live in Los Angeles and the world famous Whisky a Go Go on Sunset Blvd.

  • 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 …

  •   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 Per …

  • Catch the PFC Band performing live at The Independent in San Francisco

  • The PFC Band is excited to join the incredible line-up at the Kate Wolf Fest again this year and will be performing on Friday, June 23rd and Saturday, June 24th.

  • The PFC Band is excited to join the incredible line-up at the Kate Wolf Fest again this year and will be performing on Friday, June 23rd and Saturday, June 24th.

  • We invite you to enjoy this beautiful song featuring brothers and instructors at PFCF’s Ecole de Musique de Kirina program, Mahamadou Diabaté on calabash and Sayba Diabaté on kora. Both instruments are made with the traditional calabash plant which has many uses in Kirina.

  • Jack Johnson grew up surfing and playing guitar in Hawaii.  Since 2001, he has released 7 studio albums and 2 live albums that have sold over 25 million copies worldwide. Jack’s latest album, All The Light Above it Too, released in September 2017 debuted #4 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. His Brushfire Records label and touring crew have been leaders in the greening of the music i …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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.   &nbs …

  • 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 …