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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

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

Chepchumba at ‘Divas Night: Homage to Kenyan Women in Music’


Doris Tanui Chepchumba represents Rift Valley roots in contemporary music during the “Divas Night: Homage to Kenyan Women in Music”Read More

July 4, 2014   No Comments

‘Bright Morning Stars’ by Abigail Washburn and Ih Tsetsn


Inner Mongolian music ensemble Ih Tsetsn and American banjo player Abigail Washburn decided to meet on stage for a cross-culturalRead More

July 4, 2014   No Comments

Hua’er Folksongs on Love and Longing


Hua’er folksongs, often about love and longing, are popular in Gansu and Qinghai provinces, along China’s Silk Road. Hailing fromRead More

July 3, 2014   No Comments

Representing Kenya Through Music


During a private reception honoring the sponsors and participants for the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, two musicians from Kenya, PolycarpRead More

July 2, 2014   No Comments

Music Video: ‘Odongo’ by Winyo


Winyo is one of over forty musicians from Kenya who have joined us at the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. HeRead More

June 29, 2014   No Comments

Festival Video: 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival


Welcome to the forty-eighth annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival. This year we celebrate the cultures of Kenya and China. With overRead More

June 27, 2014   No Comments