Freedom Sounds from Smithsonian Folkways

As we prepare for the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Freedom Sounds festival, we look back into our archives of African American music from the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and Smithsonian Folkways. From this playlist, Liberty Jazz Band, Freedom Singers, Sweet Honey in the … Continue reading Freedom Sounds from Smithsonian Folkways

Generations of African American Social Dance in D.C.: Hand Dancing, Hip-Hop, and Go-Go

As we prepare for the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Freedom Sounds festival, we look back into our archives of African American music from the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and Smithsonian Folkways. A version of this article originally appeared in the program book … Continue reading Generations of African American Social Dance in D.C.: Hand Dancing, Hip-Hop, and Go-Go

Giving Voice: The Power of Words in African American Culture

As we prepare for the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Freedom Sounds festival, we look back into our archives of African American music from the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and Smithsonian Folkways. Excerpts of this article originally appeared in the 2009 Folklife Festival program … Continue reading Giving Voice: The Power of Words in African American Culture

Tell It Like It Is: A History of Rhythm and Blues

As we prepare for the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Freedom Sounds festival, we look back into our archives of African American music from the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and Smithsonian Folkways. A version of this article originally appeared in the 2011 Folklife Festival … Continue reading Tell It Like It Is: A History of Rhythm and Blues

Creating a Tapestry of Traditions: The Third Annual Global Folklorist Challenge

Using the power of their video camera and insightful questions, last year two budding folklorists helped save an ancient craft tradition in India. Sruthika and Ashitha, at ages sixteen and seventeen, entered the Global Folklorist Challenge with a six-minute video about grass mat weaver P. Prabhavathi, the last person in … Continue reading Creating a Tapestry of Traditions: The Third Annual Global Folklorist Challenge

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