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2014 Festival Blog - Kenya

To the Beat of the Beads: Kenyan Beadwork Traditions


The Kenya: Mambo Poa program at the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival invited two bead artists from Kenya: Susana Daniel Chemakwany andRead More

August 1, 2014   No Comments

Sole-Searching: The Dolphin in the Trash Can


Three and a half weeks after the Folklife Festival, there are still a few pieces to pick up. Participants settledRead More

July 30, 2014   No Comments

Spotlight on a Kenyan Master Plaster Carver


Amid the bustling crowds, impromptu Maasai dances, and rhythmic benga tunes that filled the Kenya: Mambo Poa site on theRead More

July 29, 2014   No Comments

Cross-Cultural Connections at the Festival


Before beginning my internship with the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, I could not have imagined what aRead More

July 28, 2014   No Comments

Songs of Struggle: Political Music and Media in Kenya


In a 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival workshop, Kenyan musicians Makadem, Justo and Joseck Asikoye, and Singing Wells project advisor BillRead More

July 25, 2014   No Comments

Foodways Friday: Swahili Rice Bread


The ingredients for this recipe come from 2014 Festival participant Fatma Ali Busaidy, whose traditional Swahili cooking from the eastRead More

July 25, 2014   No Comments

Favorite Festival Moments from Folklife Center Staff


Even with a million things to do to ensure that the Folklife Festival goes off without a hitch, the staffRead More

July 24, 2014   No Comments

Feathers Flying: The Ramogi Dancers


The Ramogi Dancers, from Homa Bay County, are part of the Luo community in Western Kenya. Throughout the 2014 SmithsonianRead More

July 23, 2014   No Comments

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