One evening, a few years ago in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, the PFC crew and I were waiting for an 80-year-old cuica player to perform on a Song Around The World. I remember it seemed to take forever for him to make it down the hill, as he would stop off in every bar along the way for a drink and some conversation. As we waited I looked and saw a Rastaman walking across the street with his acoustic guitar in hand. I waved to him and he came over to see what we were doing with all our equipment. I told him about Playing For Change and he agreed to play a song for us while we were waiting. The result was an incredible, spontaneous performance of Dennis Brown’s “Rasta Children.” His voice reminded me of Peter Tosh and he sang with so much soul that we realized this could be an amazing Song Around The World. Just one man and his guitar playing on the street set the tone for this song and we added a worldwide band of roots musicians around him. “I and I deal with humanity…”

"Enduring the strife and tribulation, I and I no check for vanity,
I and I a deal with humanity"

Dennis Brown

Lyrics and Chords



  • Full Credits

    Written by: Dennis Emanuel Brown

    Brushy One String: Vocals

    Carlo Santone: Electric Bass

    Courtney "Bam" Diedrick: Drums

    Dawa Lusamba: Acoustic Guitar

    Federico Siksnys: Bandoneon

    Michael "Colgate" Downer: Electric Guitar

    Nattali Rize: Vocals

    Nikki Burt: Vocals

    Paulo Da Luz: Vocals, Guitar

    Salvador Persico: Percussion

    Sean "Pow" Diedrick: Keyboard

    TP OK Jazz Band: Horns

    Vasti Jackson: Guitar