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Smithsonian Folklife Festival

2011 Festival Video

Cimarrón Performance at Festival


Cimarrón, of the llanos plains region of Colombia, are masters of the joropo llanero genre. Here, these Grammy-nominated musicians performRead More

 

Bandola demonstration by Félix Chaparro Rivas


Félix Chaparro Rivas of Grupo Cabrestero demonstrated the bandola during a narrative session in the Colombia program, “Bandolas Across Traditions.” VideoRead More

 

Diz Russell of Sonny Til’s Orioles


Vocalist Albert “Diz” Russell of Sonny Til’s Orioles talks about Duke Ellington, the history of doo-wop, and the birth ofRead More

 

The Garifuna Collective of Belize/Guatemala


The Garifuna Collective was co-founded and led by Andy Palacio (1960–2008), a musician dedicated to preserving the unique Garifuna languageRead More

 

The Funk Brothers: Stop in the Name of Love


The Funk Brothers, a coalescence of talented studio musicians, backed over eighty #1 singles. From 1959 to 1972, the group supported theRead More

 

Colombian Women’s Voices in Music, part 1


Singers Zully Murillo de Caicedo (Cali) and Damaris Sayas Gomez (Mompox) share their unique vocal traditions during the “Women’s VoicesRead More

 

Colombian Women’s Voices in Music, part 2


Singers Zully Murillo de Caicedo (Cali) and Damaris Sayas Gomez (Mompox) share their unique vocal traditions during the “Women’s VoicesRead More

 

Ceremonial Dance from the Amazonian Rainforest


The Amazon rainforest covers more than one third of Colombia and contains approximately fifty-two ethnic groups, many are indigenous communities.Read More

 

Fred Wesley and the New JBs


Fred Wesley, legendary jazz trombonist and former band leader for James Brown, brings the funk to the Motor City StageRead More

 

John Garamendi on his Peace Corps Experience in Ethiopia


Congressman John Garamendi and his wife were both Peace Corps volunteers in the late 1960s. In this video of aRead More