We started this recording on a back porch in East Los Angeles With members of Los Lobos, And Then returned to the roots of the song in Veracruz, Mexico. As we traveled, musicians everywhere mixed the traditional and rock 'n' roll styles of "La Bamba" into a new Song Around The World.
We started this track in West Africa with a musical group named Tinariwen. We asked them to play a groove in the key of G, then as we traveled the world we added more musicians to the song. Over the course of our travels, it transformed into a global jam with its roots in the blues.
In honor of blues legend Robert Johnson's birthday, Playing for Change shares "Walking Blues," featuring Keb' Mo' along with musicians from six countries. Originally written and recorded by Son House in 1930. The PFC version starts in Argentina with Roberto Luti and Nico Bereciartua playing slide guitars, and adds friends to create a blues jam around the world.
Playing for Change's first song of 2019, "Seeds Of Freedom." We started filming and recording Manu Chao playing guitar and singing in a garden in Barcelona, Spain, and then we added musicians around the world to enhance the universal message of the song.
Starting under the hot African sun in the village of Lukala in the Congo, we added musicians wherever we traveled for the past few years until we finally added the piece with Grandpa Elliott playing the harmonica solo in New Orleans.