Playing for Change Foundation Builds First Music School in South Africa

Previously, I introduced a movement that is trying to unite the human race through music:  Playing for Change, Peace Through Music.  Since then, I’ve received so many wonderful responses about this movement that I wanted to give some more information.

Mark Johnson, a co-founder of the movement, was interviewed by Bill Moyers on his weekly PBS show in October. See here.  More recently, Mark wrote a guest blog post on Bill Moyers Journal this month.  Read here.

The film, “Playing For Change, Peace Through Music”, has been playing at various film festivals.  The hope is to have it be distributed sometime in 2009.  My understanding is that a CD and DVD may be out by Spring, 2009.  

However, the movement is more than just the film.  It is a a foundation (Playing for Change Foundation) that is trying to build music and art schools throughout the world.  Recently, the first Playing for Change music school was constructed in Gugulethu, South Africa.  The foundation hopes to build many more.

Here is a rendition of “Revolution” by the schools music teachers.



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One Comment on “Playing for Change Foundation Builds First Music School in South Africa”

  1. Don Vitalle
    December 23, 2008 at 6:53 am #


    I’m a retired businessman and former professional musician. I just returned from a mission trip to Kenya. I befriended Bishop Elisha Juma and his son Peter at a meeting with the Vice President of Kenya. Bishop and his son have founded five churches in the surrounding slums of Mombasa. They desparately need musical instruments. They only have a little Casio keyboard; no drums, guitars, etc. To see their enthusiasm in worship astounded me. Playing in makeshift buildings for church in 95 degree heat, their dancing and singing was very inspiring. I would like to partner with someone who could help raise the capital and resources to supply these churches with adequate instruments. They also want to do crusades out to the Masai land region, therefore the need for generators would be necessary. I know the economy is bad here, but to see what they lack, makes me realize Americans are very spoiled. I hope you can help. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

    Don Vitalle

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