When people play sports at the frontoia, the community comes together. As the center of cultural life in the Basque country, the frontoia (pilota handball court) is a place not only to watch games but to participate. They were traditionally built off the sides of … Continue reading Palabra de vasco: Honor and Basque Betting
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
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
What role does music play in your life? Is it for solitary enjoyment or social interaction? In this interview, music scholar Oliver Wang describes the social power of music to form connections and communities regardless of boundaries and backgrounds. Oliver came to the 2016 Folklife … Continue reading The Social Power of Music
sound►culture is a Folklife Festival podcast series featuring stories, songs, and fieldwork gathered on the National Mall and around the world. Even master stone carvers are limited by their material. Learning the limitations of any particular stone is a skill that only comes from pushing
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
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival has taken on countless forms and meanings in its forty-nine years. At the 2016 Festival, we asked visitors, participants, and presenters for their own definition of the Festival. Videography: David Barnes, Helen Lehrer, Alexis Ligon, Claudia Romano, Albert Tong Editor: Helen … Continue reading How Do You Define the Festival?