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Podcast: Missing Voices — The Need for Ethnic Media

Missing Voices: The Need for Ethnic Media Download MP3 What is ethnic media and why is it relevant today? In this podcast entitled “Missing Voices: The Need for Ethnic Media,” several figures active in ethnic media discuss its fundamental importance to societies across the world. Tabu Osusa works with marginalized … Continue reading Podcast: Missing Voices — The Need for Ethnic Media

Podcast: Producing Ethnicity — The Ethics of Showcasing Culture

Producing Ethnicity: The Ethics of Showcasing a Culture Download MP3 The 2014 Folklife Festival has come to a close, but there are still ways to experience it. All discussion sessions from both the China and Kenya programs are archived in either audio or video format. This audio podcast is a … Continue reading Podcast: Producing Ethnicity — The Ethics of Showcasing Culture

A Musical Review: Instruments of the Folklife Festival

With dozens of musicians and dancers from two countries, the Festival boasted a wide variety of musical instruments in its performances. From traditional drums and cymbals to fiddles made with bicycle parts, here’s a roundup of some of the most noteworthy. ” data-lightview-caption=” Morin khuur (horsehead fiddle) Origin stories for … Continue reading A Musical Review: Instruments of the Folklife Festival

Groundbreaking Women of the Folklife Festival: ‘That Was Then, This Is Now’

Overheard at the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival: “I’m a digital woman, I told you!” In the intimate, burlap-covered Karibuni Workshops, a discussion of Kenyan string instruments was underway. Its purpose was to introduce visitors to the sounds and performance practices of the obokano and nyatiti, two very similar eight-stringed lyres of western … Continue reading Groundbreaking Women of the Folklife Festival: ‘That Was Then, This Is Now’

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 traditional Luo music and modern beats. In “Sawasawa” (meaning “It’s OK” in Kiswahili), he sings about a love story of a humble man with humorous and witty lyrics. Photo by Brian … Continue reading Festival Audio: ‘Sawasawa’ by Makadem