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Playing For Change is a movement created to inspire, connect and bring peace to the world through music. In 2005, producer Mark Johnson created the concept of Songs Around The World by uniting together musicians from many different countries and cultures to perform on the same track. Mark and a small crew traveled across 5 continents with a mobile recording studio and cameras with the vision ... Read more in Amazon's Playing for Change Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 28, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: HEAR MUSIC
  • ASIN: B001QOOCTE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (343 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,814 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Stand By Me
2. One Love
3. War/No More Trouble
4. Biko
5. Don't Worry
6. Talkin' Bout A Revolution - Afro Fiesta (Capetown, South Africa)
7. Better Man - Keb' Mo' (Los Angeles, CA)
8. Chanda Mama
9. Love Rescue Me - The Omagh Community Youth Choir (Omagh, Northern Ireland)
10. A Change Is Gonna Come - Playing For Change Band (New Orleans, LA)
Disc: 2
1. Stand By Me
2. One Love
3. War/No More Trouble
4. Don't Worry
5. Chanda Mama
6. The Playing For Change Foundation
7. Peace Through Music (Feature Film Trailer)

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

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

Customer Reviews

Do yourself a favor and buy this CD/DVD.
---- John D
It doesn't matter what genre of music you listen to, you will like this .... i cannot say enough good things about Playing For Change.
Ryan74
A beautiful concept, beautiful music, wonderful musicians...we need more.
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132 of 135 people found the following review helpful By ---- John D on April 29, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I have watched thousands of videos in my life; being in the music business; but I don't believe I have ever been so moved. This CD/DVD is a must buy. The concept from the filmmakers is both original and brilliant. Adding tracks and overdubbing them into one song took a lot of hard work and it was seamless.

Do yourself a favor and buy this CD/DVD. You will not be disappointed. Stand By Me will never sound the same by anyone else again.
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91 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Forrest Williams on April 28, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I first became aware of Playing for Change when a friend sent "Stand By Me" the video to me in an email. I was moved from the very first note. Bringing the people of the world together is the key to finding World Peace and I applaud these musicians for taking the first step. Music is the international language and they have done a superb job with the songs on this album. You can not help but be moved to tears on "Stand By Me", Biko and the rest of the music will find a place in your soul and you will feel what it is to be one with the music, and through the music, one with the world. Please Playing for Change, give us more!
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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Lucy B. Martinez on April 28, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I first learned of Playing For Change when the originator of this brilliant concept was interviewed on Bill Moyers' program several months ago. Two of the songs on this CD were played at that time and I was in love! Now the CD + DVD have been released. I've been able to hear and watch several of the other recorded tracks and been moved and inspired by each. It's a technological marvel with musicians from around the world blending their voices and instruments without ever being together. I have never been more moved or inspired! The musicians, from street players to some who seem to have been classically trained, blend in perfect harmonies and allow me to believe that it is possible that all people could do the same; if we just get together we can feel all right! But if that concept doesn't interest you, just listen for the wonderful music. Peace.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A. Ezzell on May 2, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I first heard about Playing for Change on the Bill Moyers show. My CD/DVDs arrived this week, and I've been listening to them ever since. I even found myself stuck in traffic the other day and not caring, because Chanda Mama was on.

This is the best "feel good" music I think I've ever heard.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By To Be Simple VINE VOICE on May 6, 2009
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Playing for Change is something special. It is marked by the fusion of an incredibly diverse range of musical styles and artists into one coherent package. I never would have imagined that so many diverse instruments, musical styles, and voices could be put together to make music so beautiful.

The main strength of Playing for Change is the emphasis on the so-called street musicians and artists most people have never heard of. Sure, some of the artists are well-known within their genres (Bono, Keb' Mo', etc.), but the vast majority of the musicians on the album are not recognizable by most folks.

In fact, it's frustrating because some of the performers on the album are so compelling that I immediately wanted to buy their albums. The problem is that many of them do not have albums since they are street performers or virtual unknowns. For example, Grandpa Elliott, a Louisiana street musician, has to have one of the most inspiring voices I have ever heard. It was disappointing to find out that there are no readily available albums by this amazing talent.

The album is so good that it is ashamed there are only ten tracks. It would have been really nice to have more tracks, maybe perhaps a second disc of music. Yeah, that is probably greed on my part, but heck, this stuff is so good I want more.

The DVD that is included with the CD is a must-watch. Having a visual of the many performers and their instruments, in their native countries, definitely adds context and meaning to the music. Watching Rajhesh Vaidhya play the veena or seeing Clarence Bekker belting out his vocals enhances the overall listening experience. It was a great move to package the DVD with the CD.

Since receiving Playing for Change it has been playing virtually nonstop in my CD player. I literally cannot hear these songs enough. They illustrate that music is the ultimate universal language.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rock 13 on April 29, 2009
Format: Audio CD
The 1st time I knew of Playing for Change was from an interview with Mark Johnson on PBS's Bill Moyers. It was so heartwrenching because of the thought behind it that it made me cry. After seeing the videos on the newly released DVD (and CD combo) it was no less inspiring. This is one of the most unique and thoughtful piece(s) of art in music form I think I have ever experienced. Thank you Mark Johnson for bringing this to all of us. Such phenomenal talent from all over the world brought together this way is remarkable!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By GR8STUFFZ on April 28, 2009
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Forget the review.. Just click Buy. Must have CD and also for a good cause.
If you need convincing, just search "playing for change" on youtube and you will be sold. I sure was after the 1st video.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joe Sabella on May 3, 2009
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Playing For Change is really a heart warming thing, and in my opinion this could honestly change the world. Watching people all over the world uniting through music is priceless, this is proof that peace really is possible!
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Finally the digital revolution has produced something that has truly shown the potential that exists for this medium. What a superb mix of technology and artistic talent. What a brilliant use of both.
May 27, 2009 by F. Rice |  See all 4 posts
Why Was the Omagh County Choir Video not included in DVD?
The DVD did not have all the songs, but I saw the movie on PBS last month and it does include Love Rescue Me. Go to playingforchange.com and order the movie, which will be available in October. I am ordering a number as Christmas gifts.
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