“A multimedia charity art project, Playing for Change was created in 2004 by producer/engineers Mark Johnson and Enzo Buono. Hoping to break down musical and social barriers and promote a peaceful world view, the duo travelled around the globe recording street musicians playing the same songs with the idea of creating an adaptation of the recordings. The project’s first single, a cover of Ben E. King’s classic “Stand by Me,” featuring the Santa Monica street performer Roger Ridely, became a YouTube sensation. Since that time, Playing for Change has continued to release music and videos featuring various musicians from different backgrounds… In 2009, Playing for Change released the CD/DVD Playing for Change: Songs Around the World. A second volume followed in 2010, as did the concert album Playing for Change.
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