In order to unite the world through music and reflect on the challenges experienced in 2020, artists of all nationalities participated in the virtual concert “Peace Through Music: A global event for Social Justice.”
The show of about two hours was broadcast on the Playing For Change Facebook account, bringing together different countries thanks to technology.
Among the musicians who participated was the Mexican Carlos Santana, who performed “Oye como va”, a song by Tito Puente but immortalized by the legendary guitarist in the 70s.
“Music is a mystical medicine that heals the listener from the infection of fear, the infection of separation, of thinking that you are not enough. Music rescues you from thinking like that, ”said Santana.
The Jalisco-born was accompanied by his wife, drummer Cindy Blackman, playing outdoors in Hawaii. Virtually, from different parts of the United States, there were artists such as bassist Tal Wilkenfeld, percussionist Tito Puente Jr. and singer Becky G, as well as musicians from countries such as Colombia and Brazil.
The concert was held to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations and the so-called Solidarity Tuesday (or Giving Tuesday in English), and was produced by the organizations Playing For Change and Blackbird Presents.
In addition to Santana, among the industry leading figures who participated were Annie Lennox, Gary Clark Jr., Jack Johnson and Ringo Starr.
In addition to messages from people who have suffered Covid-19, during the broadcast topics such as the fight to end racism were addressed, emphasizing the power of music to break all kinds of barriers. A fundraiser was also held to continue supporting the various causes of the United Nations.