Music for Change

  The Playing for Change movement's self-professed philosophy is aimed at "inspiring, connecting, and bringing peace to the world through music". And it achieves both the creative and distribution process with the help of ICT technologies. The movement's first video was a group of over 35 musicians from 10 countries — never meeting in person — who collaborated over the web for this pioneering project.

The third iteration of the Playing for Change series of CD/DVD sets, Songs Around the World, was released in the middle of last month, on 17th June.

The album includes performances from Keith Richards, Sara Bareilles, Los Lobos, Taj Mahal, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Keb' Mo'. Since the organisation formed in 2005, Playing For Change has formed the PFC Band, which has toured throughout four continents for over 150 performances, and the PFC Foundation.

A portion of the proceeds from the record will benefit this PFC foundation, which has served over 700 children in nine music schools set up in countries including South Africa, Ghana, Mali, and Rwanda.

"Playing for Change, that's the way music was meant to be," commented the Rolling Stones superstar guitarist Keith Richards, who has supported the project wholeheartedly.

He provides a creative jam with his own song, 'Words of Wonder', that melds into Bob Marley's reggae classic Get Up, Stand Up, a track that includes contributions from Keb' Mo' (a three-time American Grammy Award-winning African-American blues musician), Mermans Mosengo (the Congolese drummer now resident in South Africa), Sherieta Lewis (from Kingston, Jamaica) and Natalie of Blue King Brown (Australia).

Other tracks include 'What's Going On', one of the late, great Marvin Gaye's best-loved songs — which he recorded during the troubled days of the US in the 1970s, when the country was at war in Vietnam and a heroin epidemic was devastating America's black community.

The lyrics as pertinent today as they have ever been — are sung by Sara Bareilles, Clarence Bekker and Titi Tsira. Titi Tsira, who hails from Gugulethu, a black African township in the suburbs of Cape Town, South Africa, and she also collaborates with Keith Richards on 'Words of Wonder'. Bekker is an artist originally from Suriname in Central America, now resident in the Netherlands.

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