string(11160) " 1410478462 <![CDATA[Playing For Change Foundation RSS Feed]]> {path='news'} The News RSS Feed for Playing for Change Foundation. en-us Copyright 2014 2014-09-11T03:34:21+00:00 M00o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr On August 29, 2014, Inkster Cares celebrated its first month of business by also hosting the first Playing For Change Day worldwide, in partnership with Yadibox and Impact Hub Philadelphia! There was great food, great people, great music and spoken word, all in celebration of the potential of music to create a more peaceful and equitable world.

The Playing For Change Foundation is the flagship partner for Inkster Cares, a company that designs, prints and sells high-quality, fashionable t-shirts on behalf of its nonprofit partners. For partners, Inkster Cares provides the opportunity to have your community wear your cause, and for everyone else to support their cause and look great doing it.

M20o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr Phill Prates and his band, Victor e o Gramofone, have a simple yet profound philosophy about how music can create change in the world. Learn about what these artists and return PFC Day event creators have to say about getting involved with the PFC movement, and check out their 3rd PFC Day event happening at Espaço Viveiros in Piracicaba, Brazil!

M40o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr Cécile Spadotto has recruited an incredible team of dedicated individuals to play for change in her picturesque hometown of Albi, France. Since her first PFC Day celebration last year in 2013, she has been on the ground spreading the word about the PFC movement to local restaurants, bars, shops, and other businesses, drumming up interest and finding friends who are just as eager to participate wherever she goes.

M60o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr The Dagomba people of Northern Ghana have a long tradition of using music as a way to pass down the history of the region and its people from generation to generation. The primary musical instruments of the Dagombas are drums, specifically the lunga (often referred to as the dondon or “talking drum”) and the gungon.

The lunga is an hourglass-shaped, double-headed tension drum carved from tree wood and fitted with animal skin over each end and leather strings along the sides that can be tightened or released by the player to change the pitch, creating a spectrum of high and low sounds.  The pitches can vary over an octave with many variations in between. The “talking drum” name comes from the way that the drum can be tuned and the manipulated to carry tones and inflections that sound similar to the human voice.

M80o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr Playing For Change Day event creator María Ángeles Jiménez Sigstad is paving the way for young adults to take matters into their own hands and stand up what they believe in. Her empowering work to use music and Playing For Change Day as an opportunity to educate others about her brother’s Autism disorder truly touched us and we would like to share the story of her hard work and dedication.

M100o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr TJ Berman, a high school teacher in San Diego, and Cato Johnson, an audio engineer, share their journey in providing a musical haven for San Diego youth through their organization, Music4Peace San Diego. We asked them to share their journey of creating the youth program, as well as the event they’re organizing to celebrate Playing For Change Day and the United Nations’ International Day of Peace this September.

On September 20th, B.L.I.S.S., an inner city youth group that sings about peace, in collaboration with Music4Peace San Diego, will host a kite flying and decorating festival for Playing For Change Day! The event, which will be held at Seaside Park in San Diego, will give students a chance to showcase what they’ve been working on, and gather the community in celebration.

M120o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr This past May in Avon, Connecticut, high school senior Stephanie Evans and members of the Modern Music Masters Tri-Honor society at Avon High School put on quite a show. Stephanie and her friends organized a “coffeehouse-style” concert and donated all of the proceeds to the Playing for Change Foundation. In fact, it was the second show of its kind for this crew, having organized a similar benefit concert in 2013, which was also in support of PFCF.

M140o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr The xylophones at Bizung are from the Upper West region of Ghana, close to the borders of Burkina Faso and Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast). The big frames and the dangling gourds make for an imposing instrument, with a bright, sprightly sound. Although they come in different shapes in sizes, those in Ghana are usually pentatonic, with three octaves ranging from G to D.

M160o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr The Bansuri is a traditional Nepali Flute. Bansuri literally means “bamboo musical note” from the Sanskrit “bans” (bamboo) and “swar” (musical note). Bansuri is very simple in its appearance, yet producing musical sound from the hollow tube is very intricate and takes years of dedication and practice to achieve.

M180o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr In Tintale Village in rural Nepal, we have been privileged to partner with the Aura Imports Sponsorship Project, which began by building a school there in 2009. With your help, we brought music education to the school. This past year, generous support generated through the PFC Foundation enabled us to add two new rooms to the school to expand the music program and create a cyber-café.

Through ongoing partnerships the village now has solar power, computers and regular connection to the internet for the first time. Last year, volunteer partners also provided vital medical support to the community.