Poet G Yamazawa throws down some powerful rhymes on Diaspora Day at the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. This session, organized by Busboys and Poets and co-sponsored by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, extended the themes of the China and Kenya Festival programs by exploring cultural expressions from local African … Continue reading Busboys and Poets: G Yamazawa
Want to revisit your favorite moments of the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival? We’ve put together a selection of our favorite visitor photographs in the Best of the Best gallery to help you do just that. These photos have been hand-picked by the Festival’s social media team for their strength in communicating … Continue reading Through the Lens of Our Visitors: The Best of the Best
Banjo player and music scholar Tony Seeger, nephew of the late American icon and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings artist Pete Seeger (1919–2014), performed at the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s Ralph Rinzler Memorial Concert. He closed the evening with a medley of American folksongs “If I Had a Hammer” and “This Land … Continue reading Pete Seeger Tribute: ‘If I Had a Hammer’ and ‘This Land Is Your Land’
Wu Man, a virtuoso pipa player, concluded her performance at the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival with a rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” on the Chinese traditional lute. Videography: David Barnes, Nicholas Mangialardi, Max Lenik, Abby Sternberg Editing: Nicholas Mangialardi
Quetzal, a musical group from East Los Angeles, combines elements of Mexican música ranchera, salsa, Chicano rock, R&B, and international popular music. During the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Quetzal performed “Cielito Lindo,” inspired by the late Smithsonian Folkways Recordings artist Pete Seeger, and the original song “Tragafuegos.” Videography: John Wetmore, Ed … Continue reading Quetzal: ‘Cielito Lindo’ y ‘Tragafuegos’
Wu Man, a master of the Chinese lute (pipa) was joined by fellow musicians Yang Yi (zheng) and Haruka Fujii (percussion) for an evening concert at the Moonrise Pavilion during the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. The music of Wu Man is featured on two Smithsonian Folkways Recordings albums, Music of … Continue reading Wu Man and Friends: Chinese Tradition and Musical Collaboration
I heard about Iddi Achieng’ and Chepchumba long before they came from Kenya to perform in the United States. The “divas” and I emailed each other in anticipation of a meeting soon to come. Our conversations ranged from pleasantries to brief details about their upcoming trip to Washington, D.C., to … Continue reading Kenyan Women in Music: More Than Divas!