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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   1 Comment

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

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   1 Comment

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