Playing for Change Live (Playing for Change Records/Concord PFC-31974-00)
The Playing for Change phenomenon was taken to the road and the result is the live DVD and CD set titled Playing for Change Live recorded during the highly successful 2009 international tour. The touring band was put together by Mark Johnson, featuring musicians from various countries (Netherlands, United States, Congo, Zimbabwe, Ghana, South Africa), including Clarence Bekker (lead vocals), Grandpa Elliott (lead vocals, harmonica), Ruth “Titi” Tsira (lead vocals), Mermans Kenkosenki (lead vocals, congas), Louis Mhlanga (electric guitar), Jason Tamba (backup vocals, acoustic guitar), Ruben Rodriguez (backup vocals, bass), Peter Bunetta (drum kit), Mohammed Alidu (talking drum, djembe), and Steve Molitz (keyboards).
The song set is a collection of American roots, African and Jamaican music, including blues, Gospel, reggae and Afropop. The album includes guest performances by renowned blues musician Keb Mo and stars Ziggy Marley and Toots Hibbert. The DVD contains bonus material including a performance by the increasingly popular desert blues band Tinariwen.
The Playing For Change Foundation (PFCF) is dedicated to connecting the world through music by providing resources to musicians and their communities around the world. These resources include, but not limited to facilities, supplies, and educational programs.
Playing for Change Live is one of the most genuinely satisfying works of African-derived roots music released in recent months.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.