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2014 Festival Blog - Kenya

Winyo: ‘Everything Is Okay’


Winyo performed throughout the 2014 Folklife Festival, representing the Kenyan benga music scene. At the Ralph Rinzler Memorial Concert: Tribute to Pete Seeger,Read More

September 17, 2014   No Comments

Spotlight on Ali Skanda and the Dhow Sailboat


Ali Abdalla Skanda comes from a family of carpenters and dhow builders in Lamu, Kenya. For the 2014 Folklife Festival,Read More

September 11, 2014   No Comments

Foodways Friday: Swahili Chicken Curry with Coconut Rice


This recipe was taught to me at the 2014 Folklife Festival by Amina Harith Swaleh and Fatma Ali Busaidy, twoRead More

August 29, 2014   No Comments

Connecting through Craft: Elkana Ong’esa Reunites with Earliest Soapstone Sculptures


In 1965, at age 21, Kenyan artist Elkana Ong’esa sold one of his earliest sculptures to an American student doingRead More

August 27, 2014   No Comments

Scenes from Roosevelt’s East African Expedition


The 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival was not the Smithsonian Institution’s first work in Kenya. In 1909, President Theodore Roosevelt’s African expedition collectedRead More

August 20, 2014   No Comments

Foodways Friday: Mukimo


This urban dish is brought to us from Nairobi, Kenya, by Alice Odour.  Alice explained that in the last fewRead More

August 15, 2014   No Comments

Theodore Roosevelt in Kenya


Before there was a Folklife Festival, before the Smithsonian research centers spanned from New York to Belize, and before presidentsRead More

August 13, 2014   No Comments

The Pokomo Hut: Building Tradition and Community


While walking through the grounds of the Kenya: Mambo Poa program, it was nearly impossible for visitors to ignore theRead More

August 11, 2014   No Comments

Comparing Kitchen Cultures: Backstage at Foodways


Cooking, by nature, is a deeply personal experience. Each ingredient is a cultural attribute, each method a piece of culturalRead More

August 8, 2014   No Comments

Pete Akwabi and John Nzenze: The Kenyan Twist


During one of the “Songs of Struggle” discussion sessions at the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s Kenya program, musicians Peter AkwabiRead More

August 7, 2014   No Comments