string(12178) " 1412977636 <![CDATA[Playing For Change Foundation RSS Feed]]> {path='news'} The News RSS Feed for Playing for Change Foundation. en-us Copyright 2014 2014-10-10T22:27:15+00:00 M00o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr Calling all artists and musicians!

Global art movement, World Citizens Artists (WCA) , in partnership with the Belgravia Gallery and Playing For Change Foundation, has opened a global art and music competition to promote peace leading into the 2014 holiday season.

The theme for this year’s contest is “Peace” and artists of any level of skill and experience are eligable to enter. Visual artists and musicians are encouraged to create paintings, sculpture, drawings and original songs that express the idea of peace. Those who are interested in participating in the contest can apply at: Submissions in all categories are due on November 16th, and winners will be announced on December 5th.

M20o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr On Saturday, September 20, 2014, the global community came out to show their support for the 4th Annual Playing For Change Day. The Playing For Change Foundation school in Mali, Ecole de Musique de Kirina, has actively participated in PFC Day since 2011, creating an event and sharing the joy and love with their community each year on this special day.

Weeks before the event, the students and teachers at Ecole de Musique de Kirina began making preparations for PFC Day 2014. This year’s celebration included performances by students, teachers, special guests and some of Mali’s finest musicians. The most exciting part of this PFC Day is that the students were able showcase what they’ve learned at the school for their community and the world.

M40o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr Tickets are on sale now for this very special event featuring performances by three-time GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter and bluesman, Keb’ Mo, plus San Francisco favorite LUCE Band, and Danish sensation Claes Cem. This world-class line-up will perform at an intimate gathering on a private estate in Portola Valley on Sunday, October 5, 2014, with all proceeds benefitting the Playing For Change Foundation’s music education programs in underserved communities all over the globe.

M60o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr After many months of preparation, the time has come to celebrate! Saturday, September 20th, marks the 4th annual Playing For Change Day, a day when musicians and music lovers – people like you—unite through music and spring into action to create a positive global vibration and support the Playing For Change Foundation’s music education programs for kids. Here are a few highlights of the events happening all around the world, from Australia to South Africa to France to California…and many stops in between.
Join us on the journey and have a Happy PFC Day, wherever you are!

M80o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr 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.

M100o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr 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!

M120o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr 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.

M140o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr 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.

M160o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr 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.

M180o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr 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.