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PFC is a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music. The idea for this project came from a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. Creating Songs Around the World inspired us to unite many of the greatest musicians we met throughout our journey in the creation of the Playing For Change Band. These musicians come from many different countries and cultures, but through music they speak the same language. The PFC Band is now touring the world and spreading the message of love and hope to audiences everywhere. The true measure of any movement is what it gives back to the people. We created the Playing For Change Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to building music and art schools for children around the world, and creating hope and inspiration for the future of our planet. No matter who you are or where you come from, we are all united through music.

https://www.youtube.com/user/PlayingForChange/about

 

I'll be posting some of their unique YouTube Music Videos in this thread...

 

We are proud to share this Song Around The World that features children performing alongside PFC musicians on the Bobby McFerrin classic, "Don't Worry Be Happy." Perfect message and a great song. 

This video is part of our partnership with Okaidi, a children's clothing line based in France. We are very excited to announce that the Playing For Change Foundation is working with Okaidi to launch a music program across 10 primary schools in the Mirpur District of Dhaka, Bangladesh. The Okaidi Foundation recently created these schools and is now partnering with the PFC Foundation to introduce music as part of their curriculum. Through this new initiative, over 500 underprivileged children between the ages of 6 and 12 will receive free music education as part of their weekly activities at school. Music is the Key!

Get ready to smile from ear to ear and move your dancing feet. Share this with your family, friends, and community, and together we can continue to make this world a better place!

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I remember having a daydream about the opening acoustic guitar part of “All Along The Watchtower” ending with a Native American scream and a big native drum on the downbeat. That was the spark to assemble one of our biggest and deepest Songs Around The World. From Beirut to New Orleans to the Lakota Nation, musicians play and sing like a musical army determined to stop suffering and greed all over the world. As a society, we need to get back to our roots and connect deeper with our ancestors and native people in general so we can find the wisdom we need to move forward as a human race. As Jimi Hendrix once said, “If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.”

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We started this recording on a back porch in East Los Angeles With members of Los Lobos, And Then returned to the roots of the song in Veracruz, Mexico. As we Traveled, musicians everywhere mixed the traditional and rock 'n' roll styles of "La Bamba" into a new Song Around The World.

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This song reached the masses from the Buena Vista Social Club project and I have heard so many variations and versions performed around the world ever since.  We decided to create our own version while on a trip recording and filming music in Cuba in 2015.  The Legendary Pancho Amat on the Cuban tres along with the incredible piano playing of Roberto Carcasses set the framework for this song, and then once we heard Teté Garcia Caturla sing lead vocals we realized exactly why we do what we do.  Listen to how well Cuba, the USA, and the Middle East all get along when the music plays. - Mark Johnson, PFC producer and co-founder.

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Thanks Salty, best thread ever.. rest of the day on YouTube now and the volume up. :thumbs_up:

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41 minutes ago, Ozepete said:

Thanks Salty, best thread ever.. rest of the day on YouTube now and the volume up. :thumbs_up:

I was watching YouTube Music videos today on my 65" TV...

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In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the classic song “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” by legend Otis Redding, we are honored to have joined forces with the Otis Redding Foundation and Princess Cruises to bring you this special Song Around The World version. Featuring artists Jack Johnson, Corinne Bailey Rae, Aloe Blacc, Otis Redding III, Dexter Redding, Otis Redding Foundation Students, and more; this video takes you from the San Francisco Bay to the streets of Barcelona to the seas of Jamaica and beyond.

"We are so thrilled to get to share the fruits of this partnership with the world," says Zelma Redding, president of the Otis Redding Foundation and widow of Otis Redding. "This was such a wonderful way to celebrate 50 years of '(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay,' and certainly an appropriate and heartwarming way to honor and remember the legacy of my husband."

We invite you to get lost in this song and let it carry you away to a state of peace.

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Turnaround Arts infuses struggling schools with arts as a strategy for reform. 

Turnaround Arts currently works in 73 schools, 38 districts, and 17 states and the District of Columbia. 

"Everyday People" features Turnaround Arts students alongside their Turnaround Artists including Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, Paula Abdul, Misty Copeland, Elizabeth Banks, Keb' Mo, Forest Whitaker, and many more performing this timely song by Sly and the Family Stone. 

This video was created to inspire the idea that all children deserve access to the arts in school and that the arts have the power to create change.

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In honor of blues legend Robert Johnson's birthday, we are proud to share our latest Song Around The World, "Walking Blues," featuring Keb' Mo' along with musicians from six countries. Originally written and recorded by Son House in 1930, Robert recorded his own version in 1936. We started our version in Patagonia, Argentina with Roberto Luti and Nico Bereciartua playing slide guitars in front of a 100-year-old fig tree and with that raw performance, we added friends as we traveled to create a blues jam around the world.  Blues is always from the people for the people and this video creates a moment in time to come together and put all the darkness and division we face as a human race into the music so it can set us free.  Turn it up and enjoy!

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Fabulous, just bloody fabulous and all from the heart!  

You notice the one common denominator among those who can play /sing with such empathy, feeling, soul, call it whatever, is that most are from the poorest and less privileged of society. They can sing with feeling cos they have walked the raw walk of life. And notice they didn't cross over to Wall St or Manhattan Ave for an item for the play list! Tells ya something doesn't it!

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"Higher Ground" is a song that speaks of the perseverance it takes to reach a higher consciousness. Let's all keep trying together, one heart and one song at a time until we all reach the Higher Ground.

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This is the final PFC Song Around The World featuring both Roger Ridley and Grandpa Elliott together and serves as a tribute to them both for all the love and talent they have shared with everyone who’s ever passed them by on the streets.  I remember asking Roger Ridley, “Why with a voice like yours are you playing music on the street?” He replied, “Man I’m in the joy business, I come out to be with the people.”  Check out the amazing vocals of Roger’s sister, Alice Tan Ridley, recorded live in Harlem, NYC, as she sings her final song with her brother.  RIP Roger, you live through the good we all create together in this world. 

The Listen to the Music series is our newest body of work comprising 12 new Songs Around The World. and featuring Buddy Guy, The Doobie Brothers, Warren Haynes, Dr. John, Jack Johnson, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and many more. All music in this series was recorded live outside with a mobile studio and features over 200 musicians from 25 different countries. The album is available now, with one new video from the series dropping every month!

100% of Playing For Change’s profits from this album will go to the Playing For Change Foundation, helping to support music education across the globe. Listen to the music; change the world!

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In music as in life, the things that make us different make us stronger. All the various instruments, tones, perspectives, and cultures in this recording combine to create a new version of this classic Song Around The World. 

The idea was born a few years ago during breakfast at the Byron Bay Bluesfest in Australia. Our friend and drummer, Peter Bunetta, introduced me to Tom Johnston of The Doobie Brothers and we talked about taking "Listen to the Music" around the world. We started the track with an acoustic guitar demo played to a click track and then added bass from Colombia, tablas and veena from India, and then headed to the Redwood Forest in Northern California to record and film Tom Johnston live outside. We then recorded and filmed Patrick Simmons and John McFee playing along to the track in a park in San Diego. The journey then continued throughout North and South America, Europe, The Middle East, Asia, and Africa. This final version features 30 musicians from 12 countries united through their love of music.

Listen to the music and change the world!

-Mark Johnson, PFC Co-Founder

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"Gimme Shelter" is a track we have wanted to record for years. This song expresses the urgency we all face to unite together as a planet and offers us wisdom with the words, "War, children, it's just a shot away... Love, sister, it's just a kiss away".  It really is that simple.   We dedicate this song to all the lost, homeless and forgotten people in this world.  It is in the shelter of each other that the people live.

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“The Weight,” features Ringo Starr and The Band's original member Robbie Robertson, along with musicians across 5 continents. Great songs can travel everywhere bridging what divides us and inspiring us to see how easily we all get along when the music plays. Special thanks to our partner Cambria® for helping to make this possible and to Robbie Robertson, Ringo Starr and all the musicians for joining us in celebrating 50 years of this classic song. 

Take a load off and turn it up!! 

Dedicated To "The Band":
Rick Danko
Levon Helm
Garth Hudson
Richard Manuel
Robbie Robertson

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