PLAYING FOR CHANGE
MON 1 APR @ 8PM
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For the first time ever this incredible movement will be touring Australia as part of the massive Bluesfest line up with an 11-piece ensemble of musicians from four continents – Grandpa Elliott, a blues legend from the streets of New Orleans; soulful vocalists Clarence Bekker (Netherlands), Tula (Israel), Titi Tsira (South Africa), and Jason Tamba (also on guitar); and Mermans Mosengo (Congo) on vocals, guitar and percussion; Louis Mhlanga (Zimbabwe) on lead guitar; Orbe Ortiz (Cuba) on bass; Peter Bunetta (USA) on drums, Roberto Luti (Italy) on guitar and Tom Canning (USA) on keys. Together the band is a powerhouse of soulful blues, gospel, reggae and rootsy global sounds that only a band of such diversity could create.
“We’ve been able to build up this wonderful global family, a network of musicians, and even if thousands of miles apart and from different cultures, they can still play together” comments Mark Johnson. “The idea for ‘Playing for Change’ arose from a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances. Playing for Change is a collective statement from over 100 musicians spanning five continents.”
The project has connected with over 200 million people worldwide, and the band regularly performs around the world attracting audiences of up to 20,000 people. Collectively their videos have garnered over a billion youtube views across the globe.
As a way of giving back, the Playing for Change Foundation, a separate non-profit corporation, was formed in 2007. Through proceeds from benefit concerts the foundation have so far developed eight music programs and schools in Ghana, Mali, South Africa, Nepal and Rwanda, with a new school project planned for Australia soon.