Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” Played by Musicians Around the World

Back in 2009, Play­ing for Change, a media project launched by music pro­duc­er Mark John­son, rolled out a video fea­tur­ing a glob­al cast of musi­cians per­form­ing Ben King’s Stand by Me (and, more recent­ly, anoth­er great one fea­tur­ing The Grate­ful Dead­’s “Rip­ple”). To date, the video has clocked more than 79,000,000 views on YouTube, and the song lat­er appeared on this CD/DVD. Now, Play­ing for Change has returned with a new video pay­ing trib­ute to Bob Mar­ley and his clas­sic track, “Redemp­tion Song.” Mar­ley would have turned 66 this week (note: this post was first pub­lished back in 2011), and coin­ci­den­tal­ly the song (watch Mar­ley’s acoustic ver­sion here) ranks 66th on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Great­est Songs of All Time. The eclec­tic ver­sion (above) is fea­tured on Songs Around The World, Part 2.

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