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2014 Festival Video - Kenya

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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