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  • 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 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 …

  • “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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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 profi …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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.”

  • 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 …

  • O Playing For Change está orgulhoso de se juntar ao nosso parceiro, nana, para o Concurso "Listen to the Music"! Colabore com músicos do mundo inteiro usando faixas oficiais do Playing For Change exclusivamente disponíveis no app nana. Nana vai selecionar cuidadosamente 20 finalistas entre todas as submissões e o time do PFC vai escolher a "Melhor Colaboração" e "Colaboração de Desta …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • COMPOSITORES, ARTISTAS & FÃS CRIANDO MÚSICA JUNTOS! Nós te convidamos a descobrir "Aballoon", uma plataforma que te permite  conectar com pessoas do mundo inteiro e  criar letras juntos! Pessoas Conheça novas pessoas, faça novos amigos e compartilhe sua criatividade escrevendo letras que possivelmente podem se tornar músicas maravilhosas! Letras Pessoais Escreva suas pró …

  • 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…

  • “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.”

  • O Playing For Change e Buddy Guy se uniram para gravar e filmar o seu hino “Skin Deep” pela América. A canção inclui mais de 50 músicos de costa à costa com a participação de Buddy Guy, Tom Morello, Billy Branch, Chicago Children’s Choir e o Roots Gospel Voices of Mississippi. Originalmente, essa seria uma canção gravada em toda Chicago para dar destaque aos ataques violentos …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • Estamos chegando ao final do ano e nós gostaríamos de agradecer a todos vocês por acreditarem no que nós fazemos. Nós seguimos trabalhando na nossa missão de conectar e inspirar o mundo através da música, e 2017 foi um ano cheio de bençãos e momentos felizes! Em primeiro lugar, nós estamos muito felizes em lançar uma nova série de Songs Around The World nesse ano de 2018, série es …

  • 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.

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • “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 …

  • 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 …

  • Em aproximadamente uma semana, o Playing For Change (PFCF) apresentará o show beneficente WE ARE ONE que contará com a participação de artistas como The Doobie Brothers, Little Feat, Nahko, Ellis Hall, James Gadson, Lee Oskar, e mais. Este show é uma celebração do aniversário de uma década da Fundação Playing For Change, assim como um evento de angariação de fundos para que mais …

  • 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 …

  • “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 …

  • 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.

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

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

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

  • A PFC Band fez uma viagem para visitar a nova Escola da Fundação Playing For Change em Cajuru (Curitiba), Brasil e compartilhar música com seus alunos. Os rendimentos das apresentações da banda em Curitiba beneficiaram a escola.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • A selection of songs recorded Live Outside during our travels to Senegal, Mali and Burkina Faso.

  • Songs recorded during our travels to South Africa.

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

  • We recorded this song in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday. Now we’d like to share this intimate performance of Clarence Bekker singing “Talkin’ Bout A Revolution” with you, hoping this song speaks to your heart and that you carry love and compassion for all of humanity with you each and every day. In the words of MLK himself: “Injustice anywhe …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Originally from New York, Chaz lived in Boulder, CO for most of his life, and has played with a variety of bands including Tin Men, Palmetto Bug Stompers, and Washboard Rodeo. In 2000, Chaz arrived in New Orleans and immediately established himself as a seasoned musician and formed the Washboard Chaz Blues Trio. As a performer, Chaz has achieved international recognition in acoustic country blues. …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Rajhesh Vaidhya was born into a rich musical environment. He inherited his indigenous talents from his father Sri.K.M. Vaidyanathan, a stalwart both in mridangam and ghatam, who also decided Rajhesh’s career in music. Another beacon in Rajhesh Vaidhya’s life was the Carnatic veena maestro Shri Chitti Babu under whose tutelage Rajhesh learned the finest nuances of veena. A dream come true for R …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Ask her where she comes from and she’ll tell you “All directions.” It’s an apt description of a singer who defies boundaries; culturally, musically and spiritually. The Nattali Rize debut album “Rebel Frequency” hit the streets in March 2017 to high acclaim, impacting worldwide charts & hearts! Known for their epic, high energy, thought-provoking and uplifting live performances, wi …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Mahamadou Diabaté is a Malian musician and descendant of a griot family that has played music since the 13th century. His father was the great kora player, Sidiki Diabaté, and his brother, Toumani Diabaté, is widely acclaimed to be one of the best kora players in the world. Mahamadou grew up in a musical environment and studied Music during his five years at the INA (National Institute of Arts) …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Grandpa Eliott has been a New Orleans street icon for decades. His music and comforting presence have touched countless hearts throughout the years. When you think of the French Quarter, a soulful neighborhood of New Orleans, you think of Grandpa.  Many locals and frequent visitors to the Quarter consider Grandpa the saving grace and passionate force behind the revitalization of the city since Hu …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Esther Rose released her debut album ‘This Time Last Night’ June 16th, 2017. The album was recorded live to a 2-track tape machine at Mashed Potato Studios in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, Louisiana.  The band is comprised of Matt Bell on lap steel, Lyle Werner on fiddle, Cameron Snyder on drums and Callie Millington on bass. Rose is inspired by the honest writing and soaring mel …

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

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

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

  • Edu Mundo, Márcio Silva in BI (Souls of Fire, Terrakota) is now venturing into the imagination of those who hear it. If silence spoke, certainly only those who are not of the world would remain in the audience. The studio has been his second home, where he prepares the release disc which will feature some special appearances.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Courtney “Bam” Diedrick of St. Ann, Jamaica is a renowned Grammy-winning drummer who tours with Damian Marley and recorded the acclaimed albums Distant Relatives (featuring Nas and Damian Marley), Stony Hill (Damian Marley). He has worked with many other artists such as Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Playing For Change (PFC), Dave Stewart, Josh Stone, Stephen Marley and the list goes on. Courtney …

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

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

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

  • Chicago Children’s Choir’s mission is to inspire and change lives through music. Founded as a single choir in Hyde Park at the height of the Civil Rights Movement in 1956, today Chicago Children’s Choir serves more than 4,600 youth who represent all 57 Chicago zip codes. Founder Reverend Christopher Moore believed in using music to unite youth from diverse backgrounds. That simple yet powerf …

  • Char was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1955 and started playing guitar at the age of eight. Known as Japan’s most influential guitarist and a longtime leader in Japan’s music scene, he began his career as a professional session musician in both the studio and at live performances during his junior high school years. In 1973 Char formed his first band, Smoky Medicine. After playing with a num …

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

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

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

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

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