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Zhejiang Wu Opera: The Sedan Chair

Founded in 1956, the Zhejiang Wu Opera Troupe both revives traditional works (some more than four hundred years old) andRead More

July 18, 2014   No Comments

Quetzal: ‘Cielito Lindo’ y ‘Tragafuegos’

Quetzal, a musical group from East Los Angeles, combines elements of Mexican música ranchera, salsa, Chicano rock, R&B, and internationalRead More

July 18, 2014   No Comments

Qiang Polyphonic Singing

Zewang Renqing and Geluo Zhaxi are brothers who learned Qiang polyphonic singing while herding cattle with their parents in WesternRead More

July 17, 2014   No Comments

Wu Man and Friends: Chinese Tradition and Musical Collaboration

Wu Man, a master of the Chinese lute (pipa) was joined by fellow musicians Yang Yi (zheng) and Haruka FujiiRead More

July 16, 2014   No Comments

Origin of the Erhu and Other Chinese String Instruments

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is an experience of the senses, an invitation to see, taste, and smell. But for me,Read More

July 15, 2014   No Comments

One Village

Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the privilege of interning for the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and haveRead More

July 11, 2014   No Comments

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

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

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

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