Filosofía Caribeña: Transmitting Afro-Cuban Sacred Traditions through Song

In 1937, Cuban public radio broadcast for the first time the sounds of the batá drums. Danzones and boleros were popular in 1937, but these genres, though they carried various degrees of African influence, are largely based in the European forms and expressed nothing as boldly African as the rhythms … Continue reading Filosofía Caribeña: Transmitting Afro-Cuban Sacred Traditions through Song

Escaping the Holocaust: Stories from the Kindertransport

Near a cluster of trees, Joel Darmstadter shifted in his chair and folded his arms. A poster, taped with black-and-white copies of old family photos, slipped onto the grass. In an interview following his presentation at the 2016 Folklife Festival’s On the Move: Migration and Immigration … Continue reading Escaping the Holocaust: Stories from the Kindertransport

A Day in La Cueva with Grupo Nuu Yuku

Set beside the Sounds of California Stage & Plaza, La Cueva was a space for musicians to show their related crafts: mask making, instrument building, and whip braiding. Two 2016 Smithsonian Latino Studies Program fellows, Verónica Rivera-Negrón and Fernanda Espinosa, spent a day there with … Continue reading A Day in La Cueva with Grupo Nuu Yuku

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