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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

Hair Braiding and Henna: Sharing Kenya’s Adornment Arts


Under the simple white tent labeled “Adornment Arts” in the Kenya: Mambo Poa program area, three women concentrated intensely on theirRead More

July 8, 2014   No Comments

Festival Audio: Interview with Recycling Artist Isaac Kibe


Isaac Kibe is an artist from Kitengela Glass outside of Nairobi, Kenya. Over the two weeks of the 2014 SmithsonianRead More

July 7, 2014   No Comments

Kenge Kenge: Kenyan Benga Music


Kenge Kenge is a benga band based in Nairobi, Kenya, that draws from traditional Luo roots from western Kenya, usingRead More

July 7, 2014   No Comments

Day Ten: Top Ten Festival Photos


The closing day of the 2014 Folklife Festival began with an all-participant photo on the steps of the National MuseumRead More

July 6, 2014   No Comments

A Million Years of Kenyan Stone Carving


Kenyan master stone carver Elkana Ong’esa, Smithsonian paleoanthropologist Rick Potts, and Folklife Festival curator Preston Scott discuss rocks as artRead More

July 6, 2014   No Comments

Recipe from China: Lemon Pan-Fried Tofu


Today’s pick from the Five Spice Kitchen is a vegetarian dish that blends fresh sweet and sour flavors. In someRead More

July 6, 2014   No Comments

Tai Chi and Fu Chen Fight Performance


Martial arts students from the Beijing Sports University, Chai Yunlong and Tian Mengyi, demonstrated tai chi and a fu chenRead More

July 6, 2014   No Comments