Mark Twain once said, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness…” and with this inspiration, we invite you to take a musical trip with us to the land of Burkina Faso in West Africa. This country’s name translates to “Land of honest men” and I have never been more inspired by any place in my life. Some of the world’s poorest people are also among the happiest and we can all learn from this reality. This year let’s all take better care of each other as a human race and let the music open our minds and our hearts. Check out this song titled, “Djigui” meaning “hope,” written and performed by Salif Diarra along with Massa Dembelé, Noumassan Dembelé, and Soumana Coulibaly.
Turn it up and together we can change the world one heart and one song at a time.
Salif Diarra: kamale ngoni
Massa Dembelé: kora
Noumassan Dembelé: balafon
Soumana Coulibaly: drums and calabash
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Playing For Change (PFC) is a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music, born from the shared belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. The primary focus of PFC is to record and film musicians performing in their natural environments and combine their talents and cultural power in innovative videos called Songs Around The World. Creating these videos motivated PFC to form the Playing For Change Band—a tangible, traveling representation of its mission, featuring musicians met along their journey; and establish the Playing For Change Foundation—a separate 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to building music and art schools for children around the world. Through these efforts, Playing For Change aims to create hope and inspiration for the future of our planet.
To learn more about the work of the PFC Foundation, visit www.playingforchange.org