This holiday video featuring the PFC Band and special guests was recorded live in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and is dedicated to each and every one of you. Thank you for participating in this global music movement, and for your support of the Playing For Change Foundation!
playingforchange.com/episodes/36 - The Playing For Change crew first met this unbelievably talented musician by a happy coincidence eight years ago. Mark Johnson, Jonathan Walls and Whitney Kroenke were heading to New Orleans in search of musicians and inspiration, and long-time friend of the project Keb' Mo' offered to put them in touch with someone.
When Mark dialed the number Keb' Mo' had given him, an Italian man answered. He told Mark that the person he was calling for was on the road with a band, but that he himself was a street musician in New Orleans and would love to be involved in our project.
In the eight years following that initial conversation, Roberto Luti has become one of the musical pillars on which Playing For Change has been built. We hope you enjoy his hauntingly beautiful slide guitar on this soulful piece. And if you ever find yourself in Livorno, check to see if he is performing-- it's an experience you wouldn't want to miss!
playingforchange.com/episodes/35 - In the Fall of 2009, Toots Hibbert (of Toots and the Maytals) joined the PFC Band for an unforgettable show at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. He referred to the PFC Band as "The Big Bad Band," and they definitely lived up to the name!
We spend much of the year traveling; meeting musicians and learning the customs of communities all over the world. This night in Los Angeles however, it was a real joy for us in turn to welcome our friends and family from around the world to our home, and to celebrate our connection through music together.
And it is now as great a joy to share this connection with you! If you love this song as much as we do, it is available for download here. Thank you for supporting this global movement of music!
playingforchange.com/episodes/33 - While on our journey of recording and filming musicians in Brazil, someone told us that all we needed to do was "shake a tree, and musicians would fall out like fruit." That couldn't have been more true.
It was one of our last days in Salvador da Bahia when we discovered this band, Sangue Brasileiro. Wow! They are super fun and I guarantee you will want to dance to this jam and smile at the screen. This song, "Samba de Viola" is a true reflection of the Samba music that is the pulse of Brazil. This performance truly embodies the Playing For Change spirit, and the band's musicianship is incredible! Enjoy!