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

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