Songs Around The World (CD + DVD)

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CD/DVD edition. Playing For Change is an extraordinary effort uniting musicians and vocalists from diverse parts of the world. Utilizing innovative mobile audio/video techniques, PFC captures these artists then combines it all together to create one seamless collaboration. Those who have experienced Playing For Change are mesmerized by its ability to inspire, connect and bring peace to the world through music. Now, for the first time, this multi-media experience is available to everyone. All songs recorded live by more than 100 musicians from around the world and featuring special guests, U2’s Bono, Bob Marley, Keb Mo’, Afro Fiesta and others.

From the Artist

“The act of playing music with people of different cultures, religions, economics and politics is a powerful statement. It shows that we can find ways of working together and sharing our experiences with one another in a positive way. Music has the power to break down the walls between cultures, to raise the level of human understanding.” ~ Mark Johnson, founder, Playing for Change

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About the Artist

Playing for Change began a decade ago, the brainchild of Grammy-winning music producer and engineer Mark Johnson. “I was in a subway in New York on my way to work, and I heard these two monks playing music,” he recalls. “They were painted head to toe, all white, wearing robes. One was playing a nylon guitar, and the other was singing in a language I didn’t understand. There were about 200 people who stopped to watch, didn’t even get on the train. Some had tears in their eyes. And it occurred to me that here is a group of people that would normally run by each other, but instead they’re coming together. And it’s the music that brought them together.” For ten years Johnson and his team traveled the globe, with a single-minded passion to record little-known musicians for what would become Playing for Change – its name evoking the coins thrown to street musicians as well as the transformation their music inspires. They went to New Orleans shortly after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. “The city felt sad and desolate, yet the music never stopped,” says Johnson. “The street musicians and music in the clubs kept the city alive and gave it a sense of hope.” When they visited South Africa and witnessed its growing pains in the aftermath of apartheid, “we saw that people marching down streets singing in groups of thousands did more to effect positive change than any weapons ever could.”

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