Playing For Change Day

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Saturday is the 5th Annual Playing For Change Day.  Musicians and fans all over the world will participate in musical performances, concerts, and events to benefit the Playing For Change Foundation.  

Playing For Change is based in the belief that music has the power to connect people regardless of their backgrounds.  Playing For Change‘s music combines voices and music from artists around the world and focuses on universal themes such as peace, love, and hope.

“Songs Around the World” feature local musicians performing the same song, but interpreting it in their own style.  PFC records each artist and then combines it all together to create one track.   All the songs are recorded live by more than 100 musicians from around the world and feature special guests such as Bono, Taj Mahal, Stephen Marley, Keith Richards, and Toots Hibbert from Toots & the Maytals and others.  One of my favorites is “One Love” – with Rajhesh Vaidhya from India playing the veena, Junior Kissangwa Mbouta from the Congo on drums, and the Sinamuva choir from South Africa singing the message of unity.   Other tracks include “Stand By Me”, “Gimme Shelter”, “Biko”, and “Don’t Worry”.  It is beautiful how musicians come from many different cultures and countries, but they speak a common language through music.  Proceeds from Playing For Change cds, videos, and live performances go to the Playing For Change Foundation.

The Playing For Change Foundation was created as a way to give back to the musicians and communities.  Twelve music schools and programs have been created in countries including Brazil, Bangladesh, Ghana, Mali, Nepal, Rwanda, South Africa, Thailand, and the Unites States.  Each program teaches children about their own unique heritage and cultural traditions and connects them with other children and cultures around the world.

In 2014, Playing For Change Day hosted more than 400 events in 61 countries, raising over $140,000 to provide instruments, music instruction, and inspiration around the world.  Please consider supporting this year’s event by participating in an event near you or making a donation.  Share the videos with your students and children.  Locate the countries on a map, discuss the messages of the songs, learn about the instruments from other cultures, and enjoy the wonderful music!!

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