Playing For Change: Songs Around The World Deluxe Edition, featuring the award-winning, previously unavailable full-length documentary film Peace Through Music will be released by Playing For Change Records/Concord Music Group on October 13th. This special two-disc package includes a 10 track Songs Around the World audio CD plus DVD containing the 84 minute documentary as well as 2 bonus chapters: The Filmmakers Journey (a 15-minute behind the scenes featurette consisting of interviews with project executive producer Norman Lear, directors Mark Johnson and Jonathan Walls along with several other key members of the Playing For Change initiative) and The Playing For Change Foundation, focusing on the enlightening and inspiring work of the projects remarkable non-profit organization.
With its stirring call for reconciliation and cross-cultural unification, the global music collaboration/multi-media project, Playing For Change has struck a deep and powerful chord world-wide. Playing For Change is an exploration into the human spirit, stated founder and film co-director/producer Mark Johnson. It demonstrates the power of music to unite us as a human race. The project brings an insight into humanity, adds co-director Jonathan Walls. Its my wish that audiences around the world absorb this musical essence and become inspired to participate and celebrate its manifestation.
A co-production of Timeless Media and Engine 7 Films, Playing For Change: Peace Through Music, is a story of hope, struggle, perseverance and joy. The version included here contains an additional 26 minutes of never-before-seen narration and performance, with scenes filmed in
Momentum has continued to build for the project, as founder Mark Johnson and the musicians of Playing For Change were just named Persons of the Week on ABCs World News Tonight with Charlie Gibson. Playing For Change has been profiled many times nationally including on NPRs Morning Edition, CBS News Sunday Morning, PBS Bill Moyers Journal and Tavis Smiley, just to name a few.
The Playing For Change Band, comprised of some of the projects musicians from around the globe, recently performed a thunderous set headlining the world stage at Englands Glastonbury Festival and played before a rapturous audience at Tipitinas, New Orleans landmark concert hall. On July 3rd the band returned to the place where the movement began, kicking off the Santa Monica Piers summer-long 100th anniversary celebration with an amazing show. In addition, the band has made numerous television appearances including NBCs The Tonight Show (twice in the last 5 months!) and most recently a special performance of Stand By Me that featured Grandpa Elliott for Comedy Centrals The Colbert Report.
On October 20th, the Playing For Change Band kicks off a nation-wide tour. Touring members include percussionist Mohammed Alidu (Northern Ghana), vocalist Clarence Bekker (Amsterdam), drummer Peter Bunetta (Los Angeles), vocals/harmonica Grandpa Elliott (New Orleans), vocals/percussionist Mermans Kenkosenki (DRC Congo), guitarist Louis Mhlanga (Zimbabwe), bassist Juan Carlos Portillo (Venezuela), guitarist Jason Tamba (Kinshasa, the capital of DRC Congo) and vocalist Titi Tsira (Gugulethu, African township in the Western Cape). The tour begins in
Date City, State Venue
11/12/09 Mesa, AZ Mesa Arts Center
11/13/09 Los Angeles, CA Club Nokia
Playing For Change Songs Around the World Video Stream:
Stand By Me – Vimeos 7th most played video.