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2014 Festival Blog - Kenya

A Musical Review: Instruments of the Folklife Festival


With dozens of musicians and dancers from two countries, the Festival boasted a wide variety of musical instruments in itsRead More

July 21, 2014   No Comments

Kenyan Women in Music: More Than Divas!


I heard about Iddi Achieng’ and Chepchumba long before they came from Kenya to perform in the United States. TheRead More

July 16, 2014   No Comments

Groundbreaking Women of the Folklife Festival: ‘That Was Then, This Is Now’


Overheard at the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival: “I’m a digital woman, I told you!” In the intimate, burlap-covered Karibuni Workshops,Read More

July 15, 2014   No Comments

Festival Audio: ‘Sawasawa’ by Makadem


During the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Makadem, a genuine entertainer, amused audiences with his “Anglo-Ohangla” style, a fusion of traditionalRead More

July 14, 2014   No Comments

Madeleine at the Museum: Navigation and Fashion Traditions


Throughout the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, events took place on and off the National Mall. While each were fun, informative,Read More

July 14, 2014   No Comments

Keeping the Spirit of the Festival Alive


Roughly one million visitors attend the Folklife Festival each year, engaging with tradition bearers from the United States and aroundRead More

July 12, 2014   No Comments

One Village


Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the privilege of interning for the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and haveRead More

July 11, 2014   No Comments

Suzanna Owiyo at ‘Divas Night: Homage to Kenyan Women in Music’


Suzanna Owiyo was born in Kisumu, Kenya, and blends traditional instruments from that western region with contemporary pop music. SheRead More

July 9, 2014   No Comments

A Ramogi Dancer, from Head to Toe


If you attended the 2014 Folklife Festival, you may have seen a group of stately, rainbow-ribbon-bedecked Kenyan men getting stopped oftenRead More

July 9, 2014   No Comments

Iddi Achieng’ at ‘Divas Night: Homage to Kenyan Women in Music’


Kenyan singer Iddi Achieng’ performed at the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s “Divas Night: Homage to Kenyan Women in Music,” withRead More

July 8, 2014   No Comments