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The Musical Life of Chuck Brown

The 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival paid tribute to the late Chuck Brown, the “Godfather of Go-Go,” with a day of special concerts and discussions. Here we present the entire panel discussion, “The Musical Life of Chuck Brown,” in which his band members shared their experiences … Continue reading The Musical Life of Chuck Brown

Creating a Citified Community on the National Mall

In reflecting on our experiences at the 2012 Folklife Festival, the team of interns from the Citified: Arts and Creativity East of the Anacostia River program kept coming back to the concept of community. For us, the notion of community includes working together towards a … Continue reading Creating a Citified Community on the National Mall

South African Gumboot from the Taratibu Youth Association Steppers

The Taratibu Youth Association Steppers, a dance company from the D.C. area, show off powerful footwork that sound out traditional African rhythms. They danced this traditional South African Gumboot at the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Videography by Jamal Toye, John Wetmore, Kelsey Michael, Abby Sternberg, … Continue reading South African Gumboot from the Taratibu Youth Association Steppers

Meet the Taratibu Youth Association Steppers

The Taratibu Youth Association Steppers, a dance company composed of twenty-one young women, create powerful rhythms with their precise footwork based in traditional African dance and contemporary military drill movements. The Taratibu Youth Association creates a space for young performers interested in African and African … Continue reading Meet the Taratibu Youth Association Steppers

Best of the Festival Gallery: Photos From Our Visitors

Today we bring you a selection of our very favorite visitor images from the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in our annual Best of the Festival gallery. Photographers selected for this final gallery will receive free Festival merchandise in acknowledgement of their participation. Sharing your photos … Continue reading Best of the Festival Gallery: Photos From Our Visitors