A new global collaboration from Playing For Change Foundation‘s Song Around The World series pairs late New Orleans legend Dr. John with a slew of artists around the world for a remote collaboration on Mardi Gras favorite “Iko Iko”. Notable artists featured alongside Dr. John in the “Iko Iko” video include the Grateful Dead’s Bill Kreutzmann (on drums) and Mickey Hart (on the Beam), New Orleans music figureheads Ivan Neville, George Porter Jr., and Donald Harrison, and more.
As Playing For Change noted in the video’s description, “This song features Dr. John in one of his last known recordings, along with the Grateful Dead’s Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart and New Orleans’ luminaries Ivan Neville, Donald Harrison, and George Porter, Jr., and more. Uniting musicians from Central Africa’s Congo to New Orleans’ Congo Square, this video serves to reconnect hearts and minds around the world through music.”
Much like Playing For Change’s other Song Around The World collaborations, the beautifully produced video by Mark Johnson and Kentyah Fraser brings in artists from around the world for a seamless collaboration on the timeless NOLA classic, written by James Crawford, Barbara Hawkins, Rosa Hawkins, and Joan Johnson.
Check out the new global collaboration on celebratory New Orleans anthem “Iko Iko” below.
“Iko Iko” ft. Dr. John, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, George Porter Jr., Ivan Neville, More – Playing For Change – Song Around The World
[Video: Playing For Change]
Playing For Change is a multimedia music project featuring musicians and singers from across the globe, co-founded in 2002 by American Grammy award-winning music producer/engineer and award-winning film director Mark Johnson and film producer/philanthropist Whitney Kroenke. For more information on Playing For Change, head here.
Other ambitious group recordings which Johnson and Playing For Change have constructed include “Stand By Me”, “La Bamba”, “All Along The Watchtower”, and “The Weight” (featuring Robbie Robertson, Ringo Starr, Marcus King, and more). Head to the organization’s YouTube page to experience more international group performances.