Playing For Change

by
Abby Zimet

 

Grampa Elliott of New Orleans.
 
Believing that "music has the universal power to
transcend and unite us as one human race," the Playing For Change
movement has recorded and brought together musicians around the
world, from Santa Monica to Argentina to South Africa to Nepal.  Having travelled the globe with a mobile recording unit
for four years, its most recent video shows musicians singing Chanda Mama, a folk tune from Chennai, India, with a
track that starts in New Orleans, adds vocalists from four continents,
and ends in its home region, sung by the Oneness Choir.
 
Along with filming extraordinary videos of world
music, the movement has set up a foundation, staged benefit concerts, funded music and art schools in communities desperately in need of
them. – and just released a powerful cd.
The music, mostly by street performers, rocks. 

 

 

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