In teaching others, we teach ourselves. PFCF Nepali administrators Shyam and Ishor reflect on their recent trip to encourage the music students and help advance the Mipur Music Program in Bangladesh. Their first trip to the region had a profound effect on them. SUPPORT THE CAUSE
Our short film “From Mississippi to the Sahara Desert” is out! It tracks the music residency hosted by the Joudour Sahara Music Program with musicians Vasti Jackson, Maya Kyles, and local musicians from the M’hamid region of southern Morocco, and the incredible musical journey that resulted after the residency. Two weeks, blues day and night, … Read More
What inspired you to organize this event? I saw different blogs and videos from other PFCF music programs that were organizing events (Nepal, Africa, and Thailand), and since they are making an event, why shouldn’t I. I shared my plan with the PFCF program team and we moved forward. Why do you feel an event … Read More
Mirpur Music Program – Dhaka, Bangladesh In teaching others, we teach ourselves. PFCF Nepali administrators Shyam and Ishor reflect on their recent trip to encourage the music students and help advance the music program in Bangladesh. Their first trip to the region had a profound effect on them.
Keyboard and music theory teacher Mirpur Music program, Dhaka, Bangladesh Fardin is a young keyboard player from Mirpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is studying Bachelor in English literature at the Bangladesh University of Business and Technology (BUBT). He learned keyboard and song composing in Dhaka and started to provide keyboard and music theory lessons to the children of the Mirpur Music Program … Read More
To Help Each Other | Mirpur Music Program – Dhaka, Bangladesh To the world they may be just a teacher, but to the students that are heroes. Meet Tuhin and Raju from Dhaka, Bangladesh. Together they have created the Mirpur Music Program with the goal of teaching disadvantaged youth living in slum conditions outside … Read More
Thanksgiving is one our favourite times of year. Giving thanks, spending time with loved ones over a scrumptious meal and recognizing what is truly important. Love and Community. Thank you for being part of the Playing For Change Foundation community and sharing the love. Your caring has made the foundation work possible such as: This … Read More
A beautiful performance of our students at the Playing for Change – Diamante in Argentina with our dear friend and long time supporter Lee Oskar Harmonicas. Learn more about this music program and consider making an impactful donation. LEARN MORE ABOUT PFC DIAMANTE
This week in the Sahara desert we have the immense privilege to host a musical residency with maestro Vasti Jackson, a Grammy nominated blues musician from Mississippi, who has worked with Playing For Change for years, and Maya Kyles, a very talented young drummer from Mississippi as well. The two are working with local musicians … Read More
We make a life by what we give. The short film GIVING OPENS THE WAY is an inspirational story about how a righteous donation reaches out and touches hearts halfway around the world for three young girls in remote Tintale Village, Nepal. On behalf of the villagers, we thank Dustin for initiating this special action … Read More
The PFC Diamante team and Tocando en Red just released this beautiful video of the Song “El Amanecer”, a song by Mexican composers Ramón Gutiérrez Hernández and Laura Rebolloso Cuellar. The video was recorded “live outside” across different locations in Argentina, inspired by the style and the message of the Playing For Change videos. The … Read More
Our vision is to create a Power Ballad that captures the beautiful, authentic, timeless spirit of Nepal and its international singers and musicians that rock or will rock Nepal! The heart of the project for recording and filming “The Valley of Light” is to increase global awareness around Nepal: Two devastating earthquakes in 2015 and a … Read More
Last Sunday was held once again an amazing music festival in Cala Llonga, Ibiza, to support the mission of the PFC Foundation to bring music, hope and inspiration to children around the world. A huge thank you to the Ibiza team, who put together this incredible event, as well as to all the artists and … Read More
Jaime Sarrantonio, September 1, 1987 – August 17, 2018 Jaime Sarrantonio with a curious mind and an adventurous spirit, in her 30 years did more living than most. A lifelong lover of music at the tender age of 5 she found a connection in the songs of Jimmy Buffet which she carried throughout her life. … Read More
“I would like to express the gratefulness of all the inhabitants of Kirina. To tell the truth victims were in a situation of distress in this very difficult period now. Indeed, due to the destruction of the houses caused by the torrential rains August, 12th and 13th, 2018. (We) were not surprised to see you stand … Read More
https://vimeo.com/264796720 PLAYING FOR CHANGE DAY was created in 2011 to unite the global community through the power of music. On Playing For Change Day, communities will gather as musicians and music lovers from all over the world to perform on stages, street corners, schools, yoga studios, and cafes all with the goal of bringing music … Read More
https://vimeo.com/282760425/e71aa7ce5a Ecole de Musique de Kirina- Mali PFCF music students Lamine and Moussa Kouyate at the École De Musique de Kirina dedicate their performance of the balafon to the PFCF family and community.
By Thea Karki One of the things that struck me during my return trip to Ghana was talent, and how it can come from almost anywhere. And that when it is recognized and cultivated incredible things can happen. The first day I visited the Bizung School I sat in a classroom talking to the … Read More
In early July, students from Tufts University traveled to Ghana to visit the Bizung School of Music & Dance. While the students were there they learned about the local culture through traditional African drumming and dance classes; in addition they had the opportunity to exchange ideas and share their culture with the students and … Read More
Administrator, Imvula Music Program, Gugulethu South Africa Sibusiso Nyamakazi is a writer, public speaker and musician involved in several social and artistic projects in the Cape Town area. He studied Management at the CPUT (Cape Peninsula University of Technology) and joined the Imvula team in 2016. Sbu is the cofounder of the Philippi Music Project, … Read More
Operations Coordinator Born in Jakarta, Indonesia, Priscilia was raised in a music and arts loving family, which led her to start her piano training at the age of 5, and join a professional children’s choir based in Jakarta a year after. After 12 years of musical training and performing all around the world, she continued … Read More
Enjoy this performance of marimba students at the Imvula Music Program, playing the South African tune “Mbube” known as “The Lion Sleeps tonight.”
https://vimeo.com/267821911/87920e5875 Playing For Change Band member Mermans Mosengo, demonstrates the blues for our students at the Imvula Music program in Guguletu, South Africa.. As Mermans said “Sometimes when there’s a lot of pain, a lot of suffering, music is the way to overcome this pain” we couldn’t agree more!
Joudour Sahara Music Program The preservation of traditional culture is one of the biggest priorities at our program in M’hamid El Ghizlane. M’hamid is a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, and multi-cultural community in the Sahara desert comprised of different ethnic tribes who originated from various parts of Saharan and Eastern Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the … Read More
On the road again. PFCF Nepal administrator Ishor Bajracharya and myself depart Lalitpur on a rock n’ roll 10-hour jeep ride to remote Tintale village in the Udayapur district of Eastern Nepal. Traveling this route is usually grueling especially when experiencing an Indian-style heat-wave that without any air conditioning quickly reaches the point of being … Read More
Drum Teacher Khlong Toey Music Program – Thailand Olive started to learn drums at the age of 10, as her father was teaching her. She continued to practice on her own as she grew up and in high school she developed an interest for guitar as well. She started to teach herself, then decided to … Read More
Vocal Teacher Khlong Toey Music Program – Thailand Nut joined found his love for music when he was only 12 years old and began entering himself into singing contests. Besides the contests, Nut has been singing professionally in various events since he was a child, in order to support his family and lighten their load. … Read More
Ukulele Teacher Khlong Toey Music Program – Thailand Num started playing music at the age of 7. Her very first teacher was her father and at that time, Num viewed music as a real challenge for her skills. She believed that one had to practice very hard in order to become as good as the … Read More
Piano Teacher Khlong Toey Music Program – Thailand The first time Kan played music was in high school, when his friends persuaded him to join the school music club. The following year he entered the Luk Thung band (Thai country music) at the school until he graduated. He then went on to study music at … Read More
Imvula Music Program, Gugulethu, South Africa Check out this beautiful video from the Imvula Music Program Sowabo Primary School vocal students preparing for a local choir contest . This program brings music education to several primary & secondary schools in the Township of #Gugulethu, outside of Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa. One interesting thing is that this vocal class, as … Read More
PFCF Asian program director, William Aura visits the Mirpur Music Program, in Dhaka, Bangladesh WE HAVE ARRIVED IN DHAKA Ishor, Shyam and myself were picked up at the airport by Tuhin and Raju of the PFCF music program here. All of us are enjoying learning about Bangala culture. We share food, get to know each … Read More
Martin Chemes teaches students from the PFC Diamante Music Program how to play the harmonica. Thank you Lee Oskar for donating these harmonicas!
https://vimeo.com/266901929/e5da50eb1eEcole de Musique de Kirina- MaliPFCF students at École De Musique de Kirina celebrate International Jazz Day with a special music lesson on jazz for the school’s teachers and students. This lesson covers the history and importance of jazz as well as practicing jazz on traditional Malian instruments, reminding us of the important African roots of jazz music.
This afternoon has been very special for our music students at the Vuyani Primary School, in Gugulethu (Imvula Music Program), as they received the visit of three amazing musicians from the Republic Democratic of the Congo: Mermans Mosengo, from the Playing For Change Band, Papy « Fou de Son », and Glody, a young and talented … Read More
Depuis 2007, nous utilisons la musique comme un outil de changement, en créant des écoles de musique et des programmes éducatifs à travers le monde. Nous travaillons dans des lieux qui sont généralement riches culturellement, mais pauvres sur un plan économique. Grâce à votre soutien, nous avons développé 15 programmes dans 11 pays à ce … Read More
Desde 2007, en la Fundación Playing For Change usamos la música como herramienta de cambio, creando escuelas de música y programas educativos en lugares de escasos recursos económicos a través del mundo. Gracias a su apoyo, hemos desarrollado 15 programas en 11 países. Más de 2000 niños aprenden danza, instrumentos musicales, idiomas y teoría musical en clases … Read More