Yes, we’ve blogged the Playing for Change project before, with their collaborative recordings by musicians around the world. Pretty much everyone’s blogged them. But they’ve made new recordings since then, and they continue to be remarkable.
(The PFC’s website needs maintenance. Here are some of their missing liner notes.)
Stand by Me. The recording that first got everyone’s attention. As of this moment it’s racked up 43,641,776 views on YouTube. Clarence Bekker is way fun to watch.
Don’t Worry, written by Pierre Minetti, the French musician who leads off. Django “Bambolino” Degen should win something for playing the triangle while dancing in the surf while balancing a giant tray of doughnuts on his head.
One Love. PFC’s first demonstration of the universality of Bob Marley. Rajhesh Vaidhya rocks out on the veena.
War/No More Trouble. Catch violinist Radwin Nazar tucking a bit of “Poor Wayfaring Stranger” in between the verses.
Gimme Shelter, which demonstrates the universality of delta blues.
Redemption Song, starting with Hiromitsu Agatsuma rocking out on (I think) a shamisen. More Bob Marley. Also, Stephen Marley.
Higher Ground. One of my favorites. It’s all good.
Three Little Birds, anchored by a group of musicians in Mali. Nice, if kind of ambient.
United. This one probably has the most diverse mix of musicians and locations, including a Chinese pipa player, Dina Elwedidi in Cairo, and the Mendelssohn Chamber Players of Budapest.
Satchita. Latino-Indian: verses in Portuguese, chorus in Sanskrit, and the majority of the musicians are from Brazil. Lyrics? No idea. It’s got a good beat. You can dance to it.
La Tierra de Olvido is a song about Colombia, performed by a great many Colombian musicians. They’re really good. I love these videos.