The classic piece composed by the legendary Cuban musician Compay Segundo, was first recorded in 1985. 11 years later a newer version was revealed by the Buena Vista Social Club project, which turned into a phenomena and earned global fame. Over the years Chan Chan got numerous variations and versions, one of them is an exhilarating cover released, produced by the multimedia music project and social movement, Playing For Change. The movement was founded in 2002 as a shared vision between co-founders, Mark Johnson and Whitney Kroenke, who traveled the world seeking for local musicians, capturing them with a mobile recording studio and cameras perform the same song, interpreted in their own style. The idea for this project came from their belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. After achieving a major attention and millions of hits on YouTube to many classics covered together by musicians from all around the world, with the cooperation of well-known artists, they decided to create their own interpretation of Chan Chan while on a trip recording and filming music in Cuba. Led by the 82 year old Cuban singer, Tete Caturla who was recorded standing on an apartment balcony, the new version combined great musician from Cuba, USA, Japan, Mali, Lebanon and more countries who create all together pure and innocent beauty. In a period of social distance, worry and uncertainty, listening to these artists proves once again that music is one of the meaningful uniting forces in the search for human hope.
Chan Chan Artists-Playing for Change; Album-Listen to the Music (2018) Released by Timeless Media