Celebrating Black History Month | Playlist


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

“Stand By Me”

Written and originally performed by Ben E. King

“A Change is Gonna Come”

Written and originally performed by Sam Cooke 

“I’d Rather Go Blind”

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

“Skin Deep”

Written and originally performed by Buddy Guy

“Walking Blues”

Written and originally performed by Son House

“Talkin’ Bout a Revolution”

Written and originally performed by Tracy Chapman

“Everyday People”

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

“Celebration”

Written and originally performed by Kool & The Gang

“Pata Pata”

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

“Lean on Me”

Written and originally performed by Bill Withers

“Don’t Worry Be Happy”

Written and originally performed by Bobby McGerrin

“What’s Going On”

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

“Higher Ground”

Written and originally performed by Stevie Wonder

“(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay”

Written and originally performed by Otis Redding

“Redemption Song”

Written and originally performed by Bob Marley

Full playlist:

#BlackHistoryMonth

2019 Byron Bay Bluesfest | Playing For Change Band

In April, the members of the Playing For Change Band made their 6th appearance at the Byron Bay Bluesfest in Australia. This was the festival’s 30th year anniversary, and it featured a lineup of renowned world musicians such as Iggy Pop, Norah Jones, George Clinton, Mavis Staples, and Gary Clark Jr., as well as some PFC favorites like Jack Johnson, Keb’ Mo’, and Larkin Poe.


Byron Bay Bluesfest

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From humble beginnings, the Byron Bay Bluesfest has grown to become one of the world’s largest venues for live blues music. The festival has attracted international attention by featuring some of the biggest names in music, routinely drawing in global audiences numbering in the hundreds of thousands.

In the past, Bluesfest has been headlined by the likes of Bob Dylan, BB King, John Mayer, John Legend, Angélique Kidjo, Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, and many more outstanding artists. It has also led rise to the annual Boomerang Festival, a ground-breaking Indigenous arts festival for all Australians featuring an array of music, dance, theatre, comedy, and film, all to celebrate the heritage of first nations people.

As the Byron Bay Bluesfest continues to grow, its yearly celebrations of music, culture, and community have grown far beyond their blues, jazz, and roots beginnings, becoming a world stage home to Australia.


Playing For Change Band

For the past 6 years, the PFC Band has been honored to connect with international audiences on one of Australia’s greatest stages. Although the band has seen many new faces and friends throughout the years, the mission to “connect the world through music” has always remained the same.

With Titi and TulaMermans and TambaKeikoRobertoRobinChantz, and more, the band was in full swing by the time they arrived in Byron Bay, having just played together in Bahrain a few weeks prior. They also managed to play a second show while in Sydney that same weekend, sharing the music with as many people as they could.

At the heart and soul of the PFC Band, we were overjoyed to see Grandpa Elliott make his way down under, gracing the Australian audiences with his profound bellowing voice and uplifting harmonica chimes.

In anticipation for the band’s 6th appearance at the Byron Bay Bluesfest, organizers wrote:

Playing for Change is back to share their powerful live performance with everyone at Bluesfest this Easter 2019. The unique fusion of influences and music from more than seven countries allows for an extremely special performance. United in purpose and in chorus, everyone is touched by music’s unifying power!

Until next year, Bluesfest!

One Love,

PFC