This Saturday 20 September a very special Worldwide event is taking place bringing together people of all nationalities, races and creeds united by the universal language of music. This event is called Playing For Change Day. What is Playing For Change I hear you ask?
Playing For Change Day unites a global community through the power of music to affect positive social change. Communities will gather as musicians from all over the world perform on stages, street corners, schools, yoga studios, and cafes all with the goal of bringing music into the lives of young people.
The driving force behind this initiative are a group of people we had the honour and privilege to welcome to our studios back in April of this year when they visited the UK as part of their Playing For Change Tour. Led by co-founder and charismatic leader Mark Johnson, the members of the Playing For Change band are a group of outstanding musicians from all over the World.
Listen to Mark and some of the members of PFC when they visited our studios:
Playing For Change was born in 2002 as a shared vision between Mark Johnson and Whirney Kroenke to hit the streets of the USA with a mobile recording studio and cameras in search of inspiration and the heartbeat of the people. Since then, Mark has not only hit the streets of the USA, he has also been around the World finding outstanding musicians from literally all corners of the World who now form the PFC family.
Here, Titi, Clarence, Mermans, and Roberto of the PFC band perform their spine-tingling version of Etta James’ classic I’d Rather Go Blind at the Under The Radar Live Sessions studio:
Playing For Change Day was originally established to coincide with the UN’s International Day of Peace, which takes place each year on September 21st (occurring on a Sunday in 2014). Playing For Change Day is held on the nearest Saturday each year so that participants can devote more time on the weekend to putting on or attending stellar events. Along with thousands of other organizations worldwide, we are participating in the Culture of Peace Initiative, in cooperation with Pathways To Peace, to raise awareness of the International Day of Peace and the year-round effort to transform society from a culture of competition and violence to a culture of cooperation and peace. To this end, Playing For Change Day concerts will be held in hundreds of cities and towns across our planet to celebrate humanity’s unity and also to raise funds for music education.
There are events all around the World and you can find an event near you on the Playing For Change Day website.
Playing For Change 3 “Songs Around The World” is their latest album and DVD available both digitally and physically at all major retailers and via Starbucks in North America, and includes performances from Keith Richards, Sara Bareilles, Andres Calamaro, Toots Hibbert from Toots & The Maytals, Cesar Rosas and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Keb Mo, and Taj Mahal in addition to a song produced by Jackson Browne.
Here Mark talks about the album with Randy Scott-Carroll from Prismatic Radio:
Here is a preview, if you like what you hear, go on treat yourself!