Playing for a Change is a Project that uses music in order to get together people from different countries, religions and cultures. The idea is that music doesn´t follow any of these “logics” that are used as excusses for war, hate, etc. This way of understanding music is similar to the one that motivates the name of my blog. Hence, I think is a good idea for me to present you some of the stuff these guys have produced.
The basic concept is gathering street musicians from a lot of countries and play a song together. Of course, they are not at the same place, at least in the videos. The songs are generally about love and peace, as expected. The originality, and what caught my attention from the musical point of view, is that on some occasions you can see people playing intruments which I have never seen in my life. The sound of these instruments tends to be quite different from those used in the original versions, and so, the song ends up having a distinctive flavour.
Besides recording these videos they also tour with a band compose with some of the musicians that appear in them.
The revenues generated by the sell of CDs and DVDs, ticket concerts and donations is used to finance music schools in disadvantaged countries. Again, the whole concept is that a child playing music will have a way to comunicate with another one who speaks a different language.
Some of the videos they have made:
How it began, what it is
Sittin´ on the dock of the bay
Stand by me
Back to your roots