PFC3 Cover Contest 2016

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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!

 

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You just have to:

-Record yourself performing a cover version of any of our PFC3 songs.

-Upload to youtube and share on your wall using  #ICoverForChange

-Send us your youtube link through a private message on Facebook.

-All videos must be submitted by Wednesday February 3rd.

-Our team will select the winner and will be announced on Friday February 5th.

 

Playing For Change 3: Songs Around The World, is a musical journey featuring over 180 musicians from 32 countries.

The songs to choose include:

-La Bamba                                -Words of Wonder

-Get Up, Stand Up                   -Reggae Got Soul

-Down By The Riverside         -A Better Place

-What’s Going On                    -Guantanamera

-Clandestino                             -United

So get your jammin’ on. One Love!

The Playing For Change Family

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SCENES DE RUE: From the Streets to the Stage

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.

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The concert is about to start. Outside the venue, a musician is playing guitar, busking in the cold. Hardly anyone notices him; they came to see a concert, a real concert. A few minutes pass and everyone is now sitting in a comfortable seat. When the curtain opens, the same seemingly invisible musician who was busking outside is now on stage with his guitar. A video appears on a wide screen behind him. There he is again, on the screen, playing in the subway! He and his virtual self begin playing Les Yeux Noirs together. After a minute or so of this virtual jam, a double bass player and a drummer show up on stage to join the party. Behind them, the symphony orchestra adds to the mixture of sounds. 130 musicians are now playing together with one man in the subway while 2,700 people remain captivated by the awesome sight and sound. The effect is powerful and the message quite clear: with music, barriers between us can only last for so long before powerful connection arises.

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Philippe Fournier, director of the show and conductor of the orchestra, has been removing barriers between people for over 25 years, working with superstars, classical musicians, and street musicians all over the globe. A few months ago, he contacted us to share his idea for this incredible project and his hope for Playing For Change to be involved in it. Just a few months later, Philippe transformed his vision into a reality!!

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Resulting in an especially compelling portion of the night, the orchestra played live with PFC videos “œStand By Me” and “United,” displayed on a screen behind them. During this performance, PFC Band musicians Clarence Bekker and Tula joined the orchestra on stage to sing their parts and improvise with the videos and the rest of the musicians.. The show ended with “United,” a Song Around The World composed by PFC Music Producer Enzo Buono and produced for the United Nation’™s 7 Billion Campaign. In the middle of the song, a choir of 100 people emerged, hidden amongst the audience, and began to sing along. They made their way up to the stage, joining the 150 musicians on stage for an indescribable moment of connection and harmony.

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It was truly impressive to see how one man, armed with a great deal of talent, passion and inspiration, was able to put together such an incredible show in support of the PFC Foundation’™s work to create positive change through music education. He not only directed over 200 musicians on stage with power and ease and inspired an audience of 2,700, but he also raised a great deal of awareness for the work of the Playing For Change Movement. We are greatly proud to have been part of this, and we hope that this show will take place again in the near future.

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Discover our Music School in Mali through Alou’s experience

 

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 has learned a lot about his roots and the traditional music linked to it, but has also been particularly interested in the English classes offered every week at the school by our administrator and teacher, Seydou Dembele. Alou now says that he wants to be an English teacher in the future.

There is no doubt he’ll become a great teacher, and now he’ll also be able to play some kora to his students!

 

 

Gugulethu Sings in honor of South African heroes

 

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 we are, wherever we come from.

The song has been composed and arranged by two of our elder students at the Ntonga Music School, Faith Nomungeka and Nonvuyo  and recorded at the school, with the participation of all  our students and staff.

The township of Gugulethu is located 20 kilometers from the city of Cape Town, South Africa. This is where the Playing for Change Foundation built its first music school in 2009. Like many of the townships formed during the government-imposed Apartheid that lasted from 1948 to 1994, Gugulethu is a community in need of assistance and inspiration. South Africans are still striving to repair the damage and injustice created during Apartheid, and the Ntonga Music School is setting a strong example of how the country can come together to create a brighter future for its people.
During the summer 2013, we were able to work for the United Nations Millennium Development Goals campaign by creating and directing social and musical initiatives in 4 different countries (South Africa, Thailand, Democratic Republic of Congo and Colombia) to support musicians in their craft to help make this world a better place through music. In each country we identified musicians thanks to our contacts and travel experiences and gave them the opportunity to express themselves through music, by recording songs, organizing workshops, produce videos and educate the young generations. This song is the first release of a series of videos destined to demonstrate that music is a tool for positive change in this world.

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