Dedicated to empowering musicians via the creation of music and art schools in developing communities, the Playing For Change band includes artists from North America, Europe and Africa.

For the upcoming tour the U.S.A. is represented by Grandpa Elliott on vocals and harmonica, drummer Peter Bunetta, bassist Reggie McBride, and lead guitarist Renard Poche. African musicians include Congo’s Mermans Mosengo on vocals/guitar/percussion and vocalist/guitarist Jason Tamba, Ghana percussionist Mohammed Alidu, South African vocalist Titi Tsira and Zimbabwe guitar master Louis Mhlanga. Vocalist Clarence Milton Bekker hails from The Netherlands.

Beginning in Saint Paul, Minn., at the Ordway Center For The Performing Arts Feb. 12, stops include Mississauga, Ontario, at the Living Arts Centre Feb. 16; Chicago’s Old Town School Of Folk Music Feb. 25; New York City at The Concert Hall At The New York Society For Ethical Culture March 1; Boston’s Berklee Performance Center March 2; Santa Cruz, Calif., at Rio Theatre March 9; and Port Angeles, Wash., at Peninsula College’s Little Theater March 17.

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