November 13, 2009 Toots of Toots & the Maytals will join the Playing for Change band and guests including Ziggy Marley at Club Nokia in LA for a special night to raise money for a learning center in Jamaica. Toots and the Toots Foundation is pleased to collaborate with the Playing for Change Foundation to reach the shared goal of building a learning center in Jamaica. For Toots, "this is a great musical movement for change and the Toots Foundation is happy to be a part of this special effort to benefit Jamaican children".
The talented musicians that comprise the Playing For Change Band hail from Africa, Europe, North and South America and are united in the belief that music can change the world. Innovative videos including Stand By Me and Bob Marley’s One Love and War/No More Trouble, becoming YouTube phenomena with over 30 million hits since their release.
The Toots Foundation 501(C)(3), formed 5 years ago with the goal of helping the less fortunate in Jamaica, especially children, has raised funds through a one dollar donation channeled from each Toots & the Maytals show tickets. In the past, the foundation has donated to Jamaican charities including the Jamaican Cancer Society, Bustamante Children’s Hospital, Victoria Jubilee Hospital, the Salvation Army School for the Blind and the May Pen Primary School where Toots attended as a child.
The Playing for Change Foundation began as a project in San Diego and has already built 3 music schools around the world in Gugulethu, South Africa and breaking ground on two others: one in Tintale Village, Nepal; the other in Tamale, Ghana. Please check out playingforchange.com for information on the Playing For Change: Songs Around The World – Deluxe Edition, featuring the award-winning, previously unavailable full-length documentary film Peace Through Music. This special two-disc package includes a 10 track “Songs Around the World” audio CD plus DVD containing the 84 minute documentary as well as 2 bonus chapters: “The Filmmakers’ Journey” (a 15-minute behind the scenes featurette consisting of interviews with project executive producer Norman Lear, directors Mark Johnson and Jonathan Walls along with several other key members of the Playing For Change initiative) and “The Playing For Change Foundation,” focusing on the enlightening and inspiring work of the project’s remarkable non-profit organization.
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