If you're a fan of world music, then you're in for a treat with Mark Johnson and Jonathan Walls' Playing for Change: Peace Through Music, a film that premiered at the 7th Annual Tribeca Film Festival. It isn't really a documentary as much as a global concert film, recorded on the streets of New Orleans, Barcelona, South Africa, Tibet and elsewhere, as the filmmakers (Johnson being an award-winning engineer and producer) traveled across the globe, finding musicians to record tracks on versions of "Stand By Me" and Bob Marley's "One World" without any of the individual musicians ever having met each other. The purpose of the project which led to the formation of a foundation to help impoverished people in the areas visited is to show how music brings people together regardless of their cultural differences. The project had the duo recording and filming these diverse musicians guerilla style, then editing the film together to create an amazing never-before-seen "music video" of these amazing musicians playing together on these inspirational songs, as well as playing their own music.
I don`t know how I missed this song back then, but I discovered it about 5 or 6 years ago and it was love at first listen. I am a big fan of Playing For Change but i have only seen them on TV once. What`s up with that?
Tell me that ain't jammin! Beautiful! Thanks for reminding us Gene!!! You always share the best stuff. I still remember your Motown Album Covers blog. I miss Ronn. Maybe the notification will effect a visit :)