Playing For Change

One Love - Live From Madrid

Whenever the Playing For Change Band takes the stage, there is always a tremendous amount of love and energy in the air.  For this very special performance it was even more palpable, as the band was joined by many of our friends featured in our various Songs Around the World: Tula's amazing vocals, Roberto Luti playing the National steel slide guitar, Francois Viguie on the bongos, Stefano Tomaselli on the sax, Venkat playing the tablas, and the beautiful choir vocals of Sinamuva.
This performance served as a powerful milestone in the evolution of Playing For Change.  Seeing so many talented musicians from all different cultures and walks of life united on stage for this very special night was a physical manifestation of our mission: to connect the world and bring peace through music.

Bhekani Memela

Umlazi, South Africa


Clarence Bekker

Amsterdam, Netherlands


Francois Viguié

Barcelona, Spain


Grandpa Elliott

New Orleans, Louisiana


Jason Tamba

Matadi, Congo


Louis Mhlanga

Harare, Zimbabwe


Mermans Kenkosenki

Matadi, Congo


Mohammed Alidu

Tamale, Ghana


Peter Bunetta

Los Angeles, California


Reggie McBride

Detroit, Michigan


Roberto Luti

Livorno, Italy



Umlazi, South Africa


Stefano Tomaselli

Pisa, Italy


Steve Molitz

Los Angeles, California


Tal Ben Ari "Tula"

Tel Aviv, Israel


Titi Tsira

Guguletu, South Africa



Varadayapalem, India


October 20
New Orleans, LA
June 14
New York, NY
June 16
San Diego, CA
Belly Up
June 18
Mendocino, CA
Sierra Nevada World Music Festival
June 19
San Francisco, CA
June 20
Los Angeles, CA
Hollywood Bowl
June 30
Paris, FR
La Cigale
July 17, 18
Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Folk Festival
Musicians from different cultures uniting together for the common purpose of peace through music is a powerful statement. For the past four years Playing For Change has traveled the world with a mobile recording studio and cameras in search of such inspiration. Throughout the journey we created a family of over 100 musicians from all walks of life. We connect these musicians together with "Songs Around The World." The Playing For Change Band is the next chapter in our story. Now people everywhere can witness first hand the transformational power of music and love that comes from the Playing For Change Band.
The members of the Playing For Change Band during the Fall of 2009 North American tour were: Clarence Bekker (lead vocals), Grandpa Elliott (lead vocals, harmonica), Titi Tsira (lead vocals), Mermans Kenkosenki (lead vocals, congas), Louis Mhlanga (electric guitar), Jason Tamba (backup vocals, acoustic guitar), Reggie McBride (backup vocals, bass), Peter Bunetta (drum kit), Mohammed Alidu (talking drum, djembe), and Steve Molitz (keyboards). Joining the group for European tour dates are Tula, Roberto Luti, Stefano Tomaselli, Hugo Soares, Pierre Minetti, Francois Viguie, VenkatBhekani Memela and members of Sinamuva (the beautiful choir from Umlazi, South Africa), and the incomparable Reggie Mcbride.
We hope you have the opportunity to see this amazing collection of world-traveling musicians. Please check our tour schedule to see when the Playing For Change Band will be performing at a venue near you!