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Playing for Change Day was created in 2011 to unite the global community through the power of music. Communities gather with the goal of bringing music into the lives of kids. Musicians all over the world perform on stages, street corners, schools, yoga studios and cafes, in an effort to change the world one song at a time. 

Fundraising efforts help provide free classes in dance, instruments, languages, and music theory for children, instructed by qualified local teachers across 11 countries. Each program teaches children about their own unique heritage and cultural traditions and connects them with other children and cultures around the world.

One World, One Voice, One Day.

Playing for Change is a movement (created in 2002) to connect the world through music. Its 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. Playing For Change 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.

A favorite 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, which was created as a way to give back to the musicians and communities. It is dedicated to building music and art schools for children around the world.

Consider supporting this year’s Playing for Change Day by participating in an event near you or making a donation.

Share the videos with kids. 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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Playing for Change Day

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