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2014 Festival Blog - Special Events

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

Busboys and Poets: Pages Matam


Through sublime rhymes, poet Pages Matam paid tribute to his Cameroonian mother on Diaspora Day at the 2014 Smithsonian FolklifeRead More

July 23, 2014   No Comments

Busboys and Poets: G Yamazawa


Poet G Yamazawa throws down some powerful rhymes on Diaspora Day at the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. This session, organizedRead More

July 22, 2014   No Comments

Through the Lens of Our Visitors: The Best of the Best


Want to revisit your favorite moments of the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival? We’ve put together a selection of our favoriteRead More

July 22, 2014   No Comments

Pete Seeger Tribute: ‘If I Had a Hammer’ and ‘This Land Is Your Land’


Banjo player and music scholar Tony Seeger, nephew of the late American icon and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings artist Pete SeegerRead More

July 21, 2014   No Comments

Wu Man: ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’


Wu Man, a virtuoso pipa player, concluded her performance at the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival with a rendition of “TheRead More

July 20, 2014   No Comments

Quetzal: ‘Cielito Lindo’ y ‘Tragafuegos’


Quetzal, a musical group from East Los Angeles, combines elements of Mexican música ranchera, salsa, Chicano rock, R&B, and internationalRead More

July 18, 2014   No Comments

Wu Man and Friends: Chinese Tradition and Musical Collaboration


Wu Man, a master of the Chinese lute (pipa) was joined by fellow musicians Yang Yi (zheng) and Haruka FujiiRead More

July 16, 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

Marketplace Special Event: Miao Embroidery—RESCHEDULED


SATURDAY, 2:20 PM—This event has been rescheduled for this evening at 5 p.m. after getting rained out on Thursday. TheRead More

July 5, 2014   No Comments