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‘My Mama Never Had Wings’: 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

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

Up Close With the Miao Singers


The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is an interactive festival where audience members engage directly with visiting artists to learn about theirRead More

July 22, 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

Dragon Dance by the Zhejiang Wu Opera Troupe


The Zhejiang Wu Opera Troupe’s Dragon Dance was a 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival crowd favorite. Performed by ten acrobats andRead More

July 21, 2014   No Comments

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


Banjo player and music scholar Tony Seeger, nephew of the late American icon and Folkways artist Pete Seeger (1919-2014), performedRead More

July 21, 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

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