Friday, July 1, 2016

It'll Be All Right: Playing for Change and "Don't Worry"

Today's song, Don't Worry, is by a special project called Playing for Change, which is a project to connect the world through music. Created by American producer and sound engineer Mark Johnson, the project records street musicians around the world playing one element of each of the songs they record. They then build, layer by layer, the song by melding the recorded parts, each with the individual interpretations of the musicians involved. They have since developed the Playing for Change touring band, and they have built the Playing for Change Foundation, which funds the construction of music and art schools around the world. In this video, you'll see the contributions of a variety of musicians recorded on the street in their respective countries including: Pierre Minetti (France), Junior Kissangwa Mbouta (The Congo), Dinesh Sunam (Nepal), Venkat (India), Clarence Bekker (the Netherlands), Tula (Israel), Washboard Chaz (New Orleans), Django Degen (Spain), Grandpa Elliot (New Orleans), Sinamuva (South Africa), Rajhesh Vaidhya (India), and Tenzin Jigme (India). Don't Worry can be found on Playing For Change's 2009 CD Songs Around the World.