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Spotlight on a Kenyan Master Plaster Carver


Amid the bustling crowds, impromptu Maasai dances, and rhythmic benga tunes that filled the Kenya: Mambo Poa site on theRead More

July 29, 2014   No Comments

Cross-Cultural Connections at the Festival


Before beginning my internship with the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, I could not have imagined what aRead More

July 28, 2014   No Comments

Songs of Struggle: Political Music and Media in Kenya


In a 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival workshop, Kenyan musicians Makadem, Justo and Joseck Asikoye, and Singing Wells project advisor BillRead More

July 25, 2014   No Comments

Foodways Friday: Swahili Rice Bread


The ingredients for this recipe come from 2014 Festival participant Fatma Ali Busaidy, whose traditional Swahili cooking from the eastRead More

July 25, 2014   No Comments

The Man with Fifteen Faces: Secrets of the Zhejiang Wu Opera


The mysterious art of bian lian or face-changing originated in Sichuan Opera, and has long been a closely guarded secretRead More

July 24, 2014   No Comments

Favorite Festival Moments from Folklife Center Staff


Even with a million things to do to ensure that the Folklife Festival goes off without a hitch, the staffRead More

July 24, 2014   No Comments

Greetings from a Tai Chi Champion


During the 2014 Folklife Festival, international tai chi champion Chai Yunlong of the Beijing Sports University performed martial arts demonstrationsRead More

July 24, 2014   No Comments

Busboys and Poets: Pages Matam


Through sublime rhymes, poet Pages Matam paid tribute to his Cameroonian mother on Diaspora Day at the 2014 Smithsonian FolklifeRead More

July 23, 2014   No Comments

Feathers Flying: The Ramogi Dancers


The Ramogi Dancers, from Homa Bay County, are part of the Luo community in Western Kenya. Throughout the 2014 SmithsonianRead More

July 23, 2014   No Comments

Up Close With the Miao Singers


The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is an interactive festival where audience members engage directly with visiting artists to learn about theirRead More

July 22, 2014   No Comments