Music crosses borders like little else. And some of the most inspiring evidence of this is taking hands in the studios of Playing for Change, a movement aimed at “inspiring, connecting, and bringing peace to the world through music” that’s spread with the help of popular viral videos.
The movement’s first video was a group of musicians across several continents collaborating on a version of “Stand by Me,” (featuring over 35 musicians from 10 countries who had never met in person) and many, many more songs have spread from that first clip.
Playing for Change is slated to release their third CD/DVD set, Songs Around the World, June 17. The album includes performances from Keith Richards, Sara Bareilles, Los Lobos, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Keb Mo.
A portion of the proceeds from the record will benefit the PFC Foundation, which has served over 700 kids in nine music schools the group has set up in countries including South Africa, Ghana, Mali, Rwanda, Nepal and Thailand.
“Playing for Change, that’s the way music was meant to be,” Richards said of the clip above, a version of his own song “Words of Wonder” combined with Bob Marley’s “Get Up Stand Up.”
Jackson Browne, who produced one of the songs on the new album, called traveling through Cuba with Playing for Change “one of the most rewarding and inspiring musical experiences of my life,” and Sara Bareilles said that the group “elevates the world with music, and inspires me to be a better human.”
Grandpa Elliott, who was one of the starring singers of Playing for Changes “Stand by Me” video, has this to say of his performance: “All of my life I’ve been putting out love, but not like that.”
You can see the Playing For Change Band live on their upcoming “Peace Through Music Tour” across the U.S.
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