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2014 Festival Blog - Kenya

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

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