MixteKo: A Multilingual Voice in California Rap

Raymundo Guzmán, also known as MixteKo, is an artist based in the San Joaquin Valley of California. He came to the 2016 Folklife Festival as a dancer in Grupo Nuu Yuku, performing the traditional Danza de los Diablos de San Miguel Cuevas in the Sounds of California program. … Continue reading MixteKo: A Multilingual Voice in California Rap

George Abe: Ripples of Japanese Internment

George Abe is an energetic, enigmatic man. A Japanese American born and raised in California, he presented and performed as part of the Sounds of California program. This was not his first time at the Folklife Festival—he also came in 1986 for the Japan program that was featured alongside Tennessee. When … Continue reading George Abe: Ripples of Japanese Internment

Los Texmaniacs: “México Americano”

Based in San Antonio, Texas, Los Texmaniacs is a Grammy Award-winning Smithsonian Folkways conjunto rock band. At the 2016 Ralph Rinzler Memorial Concert, they were scheduled to perform with National Heritage Fellow Flaco Jiménez, who unfortunately had to cancel his travels to Washington, D.C. Los Texmaniacs played on in his … Continue reading Los Texmaniacs: “México Americano”

A Day in Portua: Conversations on Marine Crafts

The western edge of the Basque: Innovation by Culture program at the 2016 Folklife Festival took visitors straight into Portua, or “the port.” The area was marked by two large boats—the wooden skeleton of a whaling txalupa and a state-of-the-art carbon fiber racing trainer—as well … Continue reading A Day in Portua: Conversations on Marine Crafts

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