Playing for change

Saturday 9th of July 2016


Playing for Change is a multimedia music project which brings together musicians from all over the world to voice a message of peace.

In March 2005, Mark Johnson, sound engineer and producer, filmed the guitar player and singer Roger Ridley in the street of Los Angeles, performing Stand by me. He then decided to add other musicians to this same song, by superimposing their performances with that of Roger Ridley’s. He left with his staff to go to Barcelona, where he records Clarence Bekker performing Stand by me before leaving for South Africa, India, Nepal, the Middle East in order to enrich Stand by me and other songs created following the same concept. The official video of Stand By Me boasts over 75 million views on YouTube.

The Playing for Change Foundation is a non-profit-making organization devoted to  developping music schools around the world. In 2008, a first music school was created by the Foundation in Gugulethu (en), (Ntonga Music School), in the outskirts of  Cape Town, in South Africa. In 2010 two music schools were opened : Bizung music and dance school, in Tamalé, in Ghana, and Kirinamusic school, in Kirina, Mali. The Playing for Change Foundation develops educational programmes in Nepal (Tintale, Katmandu) and in Rwanda (Intore Cultural Center) in collaboration with other organizations.