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2012 Festival Video - Special Events

Evening Concerts Preview: From Funk to Azerbaijani Mugham to Hungarian Roma Music to Fife and Drum to African American Folk Music of the Virginia Piedmont

The 2012 Folklife Festival features a very eclectic series of evening concerts. Curators Jim Deutsch and Mark Puryear provide aRead More


Smithsonian Folkways Latino Music Concerts

Dan Sheehy, director of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, talks about the special Latino music concert series featured at this year’s Festival.  SeeRead More


Sweet Heaven Kings: The Sounds of Sunday Morning

The Sweet Heaven Kings, an exhilarating brass ensemble, is made up of members of the United House of Prayer forRead More


Rising Star Fife & Drum Band

In founding the Rising Star Fife & Drum Band, Othar Turner revitalized a style of country blues music integral toRead More


George Clinton: Give Up the Funk

Legendary funk artist George Clinton has influenced countless musicians and musical genres ranging from hip-hop to rock. Here, the NationalRead More


Meshell Ndegeocello at the 2012 Folklife Festival

Funk, soul, R&B, and jazz are some of the many influences on multi-instrumentalist Meshell Ndegeocello’s complex musical style. Here, sheRead More


The Musical Life of Chuck Brown

The 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival paid tribute to the late Chuck Brown, the “Godfather of Go-Go,” with a day ofRead More