Youth Speaks: “Diatribe of a Shepard’s Son” by Benjamin Earl Turner

Rhythm is not inherently musical, as Benjamin Earl Turner demonstrates in “Diatribe of a Shepard’s Son.” The ebb and flow of Ben’s poetry guides the audience along the journey of his verse, and challenges the perception of the norm. Ben is a member of Youth … Continue reading Youth Speaks: “Diatribe of a Shepard’s Son” by Benjamin Earl Turner

Dancing with the Devils: An Interview with Grupo Nuu Yuku

Throughout the Folklife Festival, the sounds of upbeat banda music and the cracks of whips wafted through the air. Men and boys dressed in elegant clothing and fearsome masks paraded around the National Mall, inviting visitors and other participants to join in their festivities. Grupo … Continue reading Dancing with the Devils: An Interview with Grupo Nuu Yuku

Andy Statman Trio with Jerry Douglas:
“Surfin’ Slivovitz”

Seven acts performed at this year’s Ralph Rinzler Memorial Concert, showing a diverse sampling of the National Endowment for Arts National Heritage Fellows. These artists are selected by the NEA for proving mastery in practicing and preserving traditional and folk arts in the United States. … Continue reading Andy Statman Trio with Jerry Douglas:
“Surfin’ Slivovitz”

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