Musician Spotlight

Musician Spotlight

Playing For Change

Playing for Change is a musical project and non-profit organization created by American producer Mark Johnson with the mission of bringing together musicians from around the world to motivate positive change and develop music education programs in under-privileged communities. Playing for Change’s first production, a video of the song “Stand By Me,” featured an impressive roster of musicians from different cultures and was a worldwide YouTube hit, with over 100 million views. They formed a Playing for Change band which has carried their message of cross-cultural understanding and unity through music to concert stages across the globe.


Putumayo has featured a number of Playing for Change songs on its collections over the years, and we strongly support their mission. Their version of John Lennon’s “Imagine,” featuring musicians from Brazil, India, Nigeria, Nepal, the US and many other countries, was included on our 2019 collection World Peace.


Our Video of the Week selection is the Playing for Change version of “A Better Place,” released on International Human Rights Day in 2012. It features musicians from Senegal, Israel, Thailand, The Netherlands and many other countries. Its call for a better world is an appropriate anthem for the challenging times we are experiencing today.


For more information or to contribute, visit www.playingforchange.com

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