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Playing For Change | Song Around The World

Playing For Change | Song Around The World

Playing for Change (PFC) is a multimedia music project that was created by producer and sound engineer Mark Johnson together with his Timeless Media Group. The goal is to bring musicians from all over the world together.

In the meantime, a separate non-profit organization has been founded that builds music schools for children all over the world.

The project started in 2004 with the goal set by the organization itself to “inspire, connect and bring peace to the world through music”. Founders Mark Johnson and Enzo Buono traveled around the world, visiting locations such as New Orleans, Barcelona, ​​South Africa, India, Nepal and Ireland, using a mobile recording studio to record the interpretations of the same song by a wide variety of (street) musicians. The two traveled around the world and incorporated the personal interpretations of more and more musicians, which were ultimately cut together for the final version. This resulted in collages that show the musicians, choirs and music groups of different ethnicities and cultures in their home environment and mostly in the open air. A scene with John Lennon was also integrated into “Imagine”.

In the meantime, over 1000 musicians worldwide have been involved in the project. Well-known artists such as:

Bono (U2), Keith Richards (The Rolling Stones), Keb ‘Mo’, Los Lobos, Jackson Browne, Taj Mahal, Robert Plant, Bill Kreutzmann (Grateful Dead), David Crosby, Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Buddy Guy, Tom Johnston, John Mc Fee and Pat Simmons (The Doobie Brothers), LeeOskar (War), Robbie Robertson (The Band), Dr. John, Ringo Starr (The Beatles), Taimane Gardner, Larkin Poe, Marcus King, Rising Appalachia, Yo-Yo Ma.

Bob Marley once said: “A good thing about music, when you hit it you don’t feel pain …” Another good thing about music is that it touches our soul and lifts our spirits. Connecting people is one thing, but connecting souls is another level.

PFC – Playing For Change – is a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music. Hear, see and accompany the movement here:

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Playing For Change