76 years strong…Happy Birthday Bob Marley

Today marks the 76th birthday of a musical legend and one of our heroes, Bob Marley. Through his music, with songs such as “One Love,” “Three Little Birds,” and “Get Up Stand Up,” he gave millions of people around the world hope and inspired them to believe in a better tomorrow. Marley’s lyrics shed light on the human condition; speaking of love and unity, but also of suffering. Now, 40 years after his death, the challenges of the human condition still exist and are very much prevalent in today’s society—one of the reasons his music is and will remain timeless.

 


“Bob Marley is one of the greatest musicians in the world and has the great ability to inspire people in every race, culture and economic status.”

-Mark Johnson, PFC producer and co-founder


 

Check out our Bob Marley playlist featuring Playing For Change versions of some of his most loved songs:

 

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Celebrating Black History Month | Playlist


As we celebrate Black History Month, we’d like to honor the many contributions people of African descent have made to music and our world. Playing For Change has covered many classic songs written and/or performed by some of the leading black artists throughout the generations, here’s a few:

“Stand By Me”

Written and originally performed by Ben E. King

“A Change is Gonna Come”

Written and originally performed by Sam Cooke 

“I’d Rather Go Blind”

Written by Ellington Jordan, Billy Foster and Etta James. Originally performed buy Etta James

“Skin Deep”

Written and originally performed by Buddy Guy

“Walking Blues”

Written and originally performed by Son House

“Talkin’ Bout a Revolution”

Written and originally performed by Tracy Chapman

“Everyday People”

Written by Sylvester Stewart aka Sly Stone and originally performed by Sly & The Family Stone

“Celebration”

Written and originally performed by Kool & The Gang

“Pata Pata”

Written by Jerry Ragovoy, Miriam Makeba and Edgardo Franco. Originally performed by Miriam Makeba.
***This version is a medley and also includes the songs “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” by George Weiss/Solomon Linda and “Sebaka Nyana” by Malaika***

“Lean on Me”

Written and originally performed by Bill Withers

“Don’t Worry Be Happy”

Written and originally performed by Bobby McGerrin

“What’s Going On”

Written by Renaldo Benson, Al Cleveland and Marvin Gaye. Originally performed by Marvin Gaye.

“Higher Ground”

Written and originally performed by Stevie Wonder

“(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay”

Written and originally performed by Otis Redding

“Redemption Song”

Written and originally performed by Bob Marley

Full playlist:

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Listen to the Music Contest | nana music

Playing For Change is proud to join our partner, nanafor 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 prizes.

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STEP 1: Learn the original song

STEP 2: Choose which track you would like to collaborate on and record

>Check out the official tracks by Playing For Change

>Go to the track you want to collaborate on and Hit the Collab button to add your sounds

For Singers: You can sing solo or sing with the backing chorus. You can also add some harmony or ad-libs to it.

For Musicians: You can play your instrumental tracks and build on sounds.

STEP 3: Post with hashtag #nanaPFC

NOTE:

Posts without the hashtag above will be disqualified.

Posts without any singing voice or instrumental sound will also be disqualified.

PRIZES

Best Collaboration

>1 year PFC membership including an audio digital download of the “Listen to the Music” album and access to PFC’s entire music library

>PFC Shop e-Gift Card (worth $50 USD)

>Receive a special shout-out on PFC social media

Outstanding Collaboration

>3 month PFC Membership

>Receive a special shout-out on PFC social media

 

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About nana music

Music social app “nana” is a social community where you can “record & post,” “collaborate & share,” whenever and wherever you are with your smartphone. Since its release in August 2012, more than 6 million registered users across the globe are collaborating and enjoying a global music session. Learn more about nana.