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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

Madeleine at the Museum: Navigation and Fashion Traditions


Throughout the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, events took place on and off the National Mall. While each were fun, informative,Read More

July 14, 2014   No Comments

Keeping the Spirit of the Festival Alive


Roughly one million visitors attend the Folklife Festival each year, engaging with tradition bearers from the United States and aroundRead More

July 12, 2014   No Comments

One Village


Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the privilege of interning for the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and haveRead More

July 11, 2014   No Comments

Celebrating Jamaican Folklore and the Life of Olive Lewin


Several hundred Jamaican Americans of all ages gathered at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida, on a beautiful bright SaturdayRead More

July 11, 2014   No Comments

Behind the Scenes at the Festival Hotel: Farewells


The 2014 Folklife Festival has now officially come to an end for the participant staff.  The last large group ofRead More

July 10, 2014   No Comments

Festival Audio: ‘The Handsome Horse’ by Ih Tsetsn


Crowd favorites Ih Tsetsn often got audiences at Moonrise Pavilion hopping, stomping, and spinning with this upbeat love song, “TheRead More

July 10, 2014   No Comments

Suzanna Owiyo at ‘Divas Night: Homage to Kenyan Women in Music’


Suzanna Owiyo was born in Kisumu, Kenya, and blends traditional instruments from that western region with contemporary pop music. SheRead More

July 9, 2014   No Comments

A Ramogi Dancer, from Head to Toe


If you attended the 2014 Folklife Festival, you may have seen a group of stately, rainbow-ribbon-bedecked Kenyan men getting stopped oftenRead More

July 9, 2014   No Comments

Iddi Achieng’ at ‘Divas Night: Homage to Kenyan Women in Music’


Kenyan singer Iddi Achieng’ performed at the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s “Divas Night: Homage to Kenyan Women in Music,” withRead More

July 8, 2014   No Comments