2012 Special Events

Quetzal: On Their Own Terms

After listening to the band Quetzal’s album Imaginaries (Smithsonian Folkways, 2012), it comes as no surprise that they have been nominated for a GRAMMY; the combination of superb song writing, a diversity of influences, and flawless execution is impressive. However, what never ceases to amaze … Continue reading Quetzal: On Their Own Terms

Meshell Ndegeocello at the 2012 Folklife Festival

Funk, soul, R&B, and jazz are some of the many influences on multi-instrumentalist Meshell Ndegeocello’s complex musical style. Here, she performs as part of the Bring Back the Funk concert presented by the National Museum of African American History and Culture at the 2012 Smithsonian … Continue reading Meshell Ndegeocello at the 2012 Folklife Festival

Sweet Heaven Kings: The Sounds of Sunday Morning

The Sweet Heaven Kings, an exhilarating brass ensemble, is made up of members of the United House of Prayer for All People in the Anacostia community of Washington, D.C. The group delivered this unforgettable performance at the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, building from solo trombone … Continue reading Sweet Heaven Kings: The Sounds of Sunday Morning