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Zhejiang Wu Opera: The Sedan Chair

Founded in 1956, the Zhejiang Wu Opera Troupe both revives traditional works (some more than four hundred years old) andRead More

July 18, 2014   No Comments

Quetzal: ‘Cielito Lindo’ y ‘Tragafuegos’

Quetzal, a musical group from East Los Angeles, combines elements of Mexican música ranchera, salsa, Chicano rock, R&B, and internationalRead More

July 18, 2014   No Comments

Foodways Friday: New Year’s Dumplings

Tian Yali, one of the paper-cutting artists from the Folklife Festival’s China program, brought her special recipe for dumplings toRead More

July 18, 2014   No Comments

Sustainability Matters: 2014 Festival Statistics

The 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival was the greenest one to date, and represented the largest composting effort for any eventRead More

July 17, 2014   No Comments

Qiang Polyphonic Singing

Zewang Renqing and Geluo Zhaxi are brothers who learned Qiang polyphonic singing while herding cattle with their parents in WesternRead More

July 17, 2014   No Comments

Wu Man and Friends: Chinese Tradition and Musical Collaboration

Wu Man, a master of the Chinese lute (pipa) was joined by fellow musicians Yang Yi (zheng) and Haruka FujiiRead More

July 16, 2014   No Comments

Kenyan Women in Music: More Than Divas!

I heard about Iddi Achieng’ and Chepchumba long before they came from Kenya to perform in the United States. TheRead More

July 16, 2014   No Comments

Groundbreaking Women of the Folklife Festival: ‘That Was Then, This Is Now’

Overheard at the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival: “I’m a digital woman, I told you!” In the intimate, burlap-covered Karibuni Workshops,Read More

July 15, 2014   No Comments

Origin of the Erhu and Other Chinese String Instruments

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is an experience of the senses, an invitation to see, taste, and smell. But for me,Read More

July 15, 2014   No Comments

Festival Audio: ‘Sawasawa’ by Makadem

During the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Makadem, a genuine entertainer, amused audiences with his “Anglo-Ohangla” style, a fusion of traditionalRead More

July 14, 2014   No Comments