Keith Richards Collaborates Virtually With World Musicians to Update Bob Marley
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What is old is new again for Keith Richards. The Rolling Stones guitarist’s 1992 song ‘Words of Wonder’ — taken from his second solo album ‘Main Offender’ — has been given a remarkable, collaborative makeover that draws from all corners of the world.
Behind the project is Playing For Change, a movement created to inspire and connect different cultures through music. The idea came from the common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people.
Their newest video (featured above) gathers musicians from all over the world including Brazil, Australia, Jamaica, Congo, Mexico and South Africa. They then virtually collaborate with Richards to breathe new life into the song — before seamlessly segueing into Keb Mo-led version of the Bob Marley classic, ‘Get Up, Stand Up.’
Although Richards is undeniably the biggest name to be featured in the video, he is joined by a bevy of talented musicians, some of whom perform on non-traditional instruments. Keb Mo, whose real name is Kevin Moore, is a three-time Grammy winning bluesman who has previously worked with Jefferson Starship on their breakout 1977 album ‘Red Octopus,’ as well as Jackson Browne, Dr. John and Bonnie Raitt on his own projects.
Previous Playing For Change collaborations include John Lennon‘s ‘Imagine’ as well as the Rolling Stones ‘Gimme Shelter.’ The tracks are slated to appear on ‘Playing For Change 3: Songs Around The World,’ which highlights more than 180 musicians from 31 countries around the world. The project will be released on June 17.