Celebrate International Reggae Day!

On July 1st, Jamaican strategist and organizer Andrea Davis founded “International Reggae Day™” with the purpose of celebrating the best of Jamaica’s musical creativity, uniting the reggae community around the world in one day.

Reggae Day was inspired by Winnie Mandela’s speech in Kingston, Jamaica in 1992 in which she admired the genre’s capacity to encourage, inspire and unite people.

Ever since its origins, reggae has been a huge influence in Jamaica’s cultural and musical roots mixing African and European instruments like guitar, bongo, and banjo, creating the foundations for the genre and inspiring others to follow the philosophy of Rastafari culture, giving birth to iconic figures like Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh, Toots & The Maytals, among others.

We invite you to celebrate this day with this special playlist from our PFC musicians:

Mr. Bobby | Afro Fiesta featuring I-Taweh | Playing For Change | Live Outside

“Originally by Manu Chao

Soul Rebel featuring Bunny Wailer and Manu Chao | Song Around The World | Playing For Change

“Originally by Bob Marley & The Wailers”

War/No More Trouble feat. Bono | Playing for Change | Song Around The World

“Original song by Bob Marley”

One Love (Bob Marley) feat. Manu Chao | Playing For Change | Song Around The World

“Originally by Bob Marley”

Get Up Stand Up feat. Skip and Cedella Marley (2020) | Playing For Change | Song Around The World

“Originally by Bob Marley”

Three Little Birds (Bob Marley) feat. Baaba Maal | Playing For Change | Song Around the World

“Originally by Bob Marley”

Equal Rights | Afro Fiesta | Playing For Change | Live Outside

“Originally by Peter Tosh”

Trenchtown Rock | Afro Fiesta | Playing For Change | Live Outside

“Originally by Bob Marley & The Wailers”

Jah Guide | Playing For Change Band | Live in Australia

“Originally by Peter Tosh”

54-46 Was My Number | Playing For Change Band | Live in Brazil

“Originally by Toots & The Maytals”

Back To Your Roots | Playing For Change Band | Live in Brazil

Natural Mystic/Just a Little Bit feat. Jack Johnson | Playing For Change | Song Around The World

Rasta Children feat. Nattali Rize – Brushy One String | Playing For Change | Song Around The World

“Song by Dennis Brown”

I Shot the Sheriff | Bob Marley Cover | Playing For Change | Live Outside

“Originally by Bob Marley & The Wailers”

Mama Africa (Peter Tosh) feat. Andrew Tosh | Song Around The World | Playing For Change

“Originally by Peter Tosh”

Babylon | Los Pinguos | Playing For Change

“Original song by Los Pinguos

Run | Playing For Change Band live in Goiânia

PFC Member Sneak Peek | Seeds of Freedom

“Seeds of Freedom”

Hello Dear PFC Members!

This Friday, we’re excited to share an all-new Song Around The World with you, “Seeds of Freedom,” written by our friend Manu Chao. The powerful message of this song —that everyone is connected and has the power to plant the seeds to a better future for all human beings—resonates with us and we hope it does with you as well.

A word from PFC co-founder and producer Mark Johnson: 

About ten years ago I was recording and mixing the music for The Henry Rollins Show in downtown Los Angeles which featured amazing musical guests ranging from Ben Harper to Slayer, but one guest I will never forget is Manu Chao. I had met Manu a few times before and he had performed on our PFC version of Bob Marley’s “One Love” around the world.  Since the moment I met him I have always admired him and his conviction in both music and life to what he believes is right for the world.  He is a voice for so many without a voice and his music doesn’t shy away from reality. Instead, his music, like that of Peter Tosh and Bob Marley, allows you to confront injustice and find positive paths forward for all of humanity.

I’ve learned many lessons from Manu throughout the years, but one lesson I learned way back when in the studio recording him for The Henry Rollins Show and listening to his rare interview for the program stands out.  The producers of the show asked Manu if he thought music could change the world and his response (from what I remember) was: “Yes, but our planet is so desperate that we need everybody. We need the school teacher, the fisherman, the taxi driver, everyone. The musician has the microphone. So, what are they going to do with it!”

Musicians can use the microphone to represent the people who have no voice and also as a tool to educate their audience about what is happening in this world.

This new PFC Song Around The World, titled, “Seeds of Freedom” with Manu Chao, speaks to what he taught me way back when—music is not passive and neither is change.  Music can plant the first seed of freedom but it will take all of us to make it grow into positive things for the good of everyone.  Let’s plant the seeds of freedom for all of humanity.  This is our time and the world is our family.  Thank you, Manu and all the great artists who inspire us to be the change we want to see in the world.

One Love,

Mark Johnson

 

Take a look at some of the musicians from around the world featured in this video:

 

Guitarist Wayu performing in Kathmandu, Nepal.

 

Bassist Bakithi Kumalo performing in Soweto, South Africa.

 

Sister duo Rising Appalachia singing and playing banjo.

Percussionist Surendra Shrestha playing the madal drums in Kathmandu, Nepal. 

Songwriter and musician Manu Chao performing in Barcelona, Spain.

Keep an eye out for the video releasing THIS FRIDAY to see these amazing musicians in action, plus more!