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by World Music Network August 08, 2011


Music Is My Ammunition: Playing For Change

playing for changePlaying For Change is a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. The project arose from a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. No matter whether people come from different geographic, political, economic, spiritual or ideological backgrounds, music has the universal power to transcend and unite us as one human race. 

The newest edition to Playing For Change's video episodes is 'Music is my Ammunition.' It was co-written by Greg Johnson and Mermans Kenkosenki, a South African-based reggae singer from the Congo who calls his musical style 'Afro Fiesta' - a combination of reggae, Latin rhythms and jazz. 

This mostly acoustic track has a reggae feel, but brings in elements of Delta blues courtesy of Roberto Luti's steel guitar and a hint of Cuba from Rigoberto Lopez's bass. Stephen Marley sings back up and Roselyn Williamsand Sherieta Lewis of Kingston Jamaica's vocal improvisations are sung to the melody of 'Jamaica Farewell,' the classic Lord Burgess calypso made popular by Harry Belafonte.

Music Is My Ammunition | Playing For Change from Playing For Change on Vimeo.