Saturday Playlist: Playing for Change

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In today’s Saturday Playlist we would like to introduce you to a great music project born in 2002 and created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. This project is called Playing for Change.

Mark Johnson and Whitney Kroenke, Co-Founders, had the idea to hit the streets of America with a mobile recording studio and cameras in search of inspiration.

In 2005 they were walking around Santa Monica, California when they heard the voice of Roger Ridley singing ”Stay By Me”. Mark approached him and told him about the Playing for Change project and about participating in it by singing ”Stand By Me” as a song Around the World.

This is the result:

”This song says: no matter who you are, no matter where you go in your life, at some point you’re gotta need somebody to stand by you”

Playing for Change didn’t stay only in America, they have been all around the world looking for inspiring musicians. See other Playing for Change beautiful songs and videos:

This is one of the most famous songs in Colombia, it was beautiful to see the work they did with this version

”This song unites over 80 musicians across the nation of Colombia and offers a peaceful moment in the nation’s 50-years war.

No matter how much division and struggle we face in life, we can always persevere with the power of music and love”

”We are a world of 7 billion people. Our 7 billion hearts are united in song”

”It’s time for the world to unite as a human race”

You can see in this song and video the participation of Manu Chao

Video filmed in Argentina, amazing landscapes! Dread Mar I was also collaborating with this video

This song is played and sung by children from all around the world

”It is in the shelter of each other that the people live”

This song is not played and sung by several musicians from all aroung the world but only but one single musician: Kim Churchill

No lyrics needed …. just enjoy the music!

The Playing for Change Band Rehearsal live in Los Angeles, California

Some Brasilian flavor mixed with an Hindu touch and flamenco.

Playing for Change Band playing together out there in the street

This video presents a bit of the story of Granda Elliot, a street musician from New Orleans. Grandpa Elliot was discovered in the French Quarter of New Orleand in the Fall of 2005 by Mark and his crew.

In 2010, Playing for Change records in collaboration with Concord Music Group,have resealed Grandpa’s debut album ”sugar sweet”, featuring the Playing for Change band. Check it out:

Playing for Change Foundation has created several schools for children around the world for them to learn about music and dance. This video shows a bit more about it:

You can also visit Playing for Change website


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