From the Web: Global Awareness — 06 December 2011

Playing for Change results in creative renderings of music themes

About eight years ago, several documentary filmmakers pooled together to create a film about music in the streets. This resulted in a multi-media charity art project called ‘Playing for Change’, which includes musicians from all over the world who contribute by playing or singing one part of a particular song which then – seen and listened to as a whole – morphs into a new unified global rendering of a well-know theme.

The project’s first single, a cover of Ben E. King’s classic “Stand by Me,” featuring the Santa Monica street performer Roger Ridely, became a YouTube sensation. Since that time, Playing for Change has continued to release music and videos featuring various musicians from different backgrounds.

We are featuring here one of the many recordings made – the ‘Redemption Song’ – which we remember as a song made famous by Bob Marley.

While traveling the world filming and recording musicians, the crew became intimately involved with the music and people of each community they visited. Although many of these communities had limited resources and a modest standard of living, the people in them were full of generosity, warmth; above all they were connected to each other by a common thread: music.

The Playing For Change Foundation is dedicated to ensure that anyone with the desire to receive a music education would have the opportunity to do so, the fundamental idea being that peace and change are possible through the universal language of music.