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2014 Festival Video

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

Leishan Miao Music and Dance Group


Hailing from the mountainous region of southern China and Guizhou province,the Leishan Miao Music and Dance Group came to theRead More

July 20, 2014   No Comments

Dance of the Golden Pheasant


The Leishan Miao Music and Dance Group performs the Dance of the Golden Pheasant at the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.Read More

July 19, 2014   No Comments

Zhejiang Wu Opera: The Sedan Chair


Founded in 1956, the Zhejiang Wu Opera Troupe both revives traditional works (some more than four hundred years old) andRead More

July 18, 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

Qiang Polyphonic Singing


Zewang Renqing and Geluo Zhaxi are brothers who learned Qiang polyphonic singing while herding cattle with their parents in WesternRead More

July 17, 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

Origin of the Erhu and Other Chinese String Instruments


The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is an experience of the senses, an invitation to see, taste, and smell. But for me,Read More

July 15, 2014   No Comments

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

July 11, 2014   No Comments

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

July 9, 2014   No Comments