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Music, Social Justice
Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles is named for the rainbow flag and the city that makes the group possible.
History, Music, Social Justice
El director emérito de Smithsonian Folkways comparte historias, fotos y videos de su trabajo de campo en Chile, que coincidió con el golpe de estado de Pinochet.
We sing Christian hymns in a vocal style better fitting a frontier camp meeting in the early 1800s—or a punk show—than a mainline church today.
Smithsonian Folkways director emeritus shares stories, photos, and videos from his field work in Chile, which coincided with Pinochet’s coup d’état.
Immigration & Migration, Music
To honor her nona, Flory has made it her life’s mission to preserve the songs, music, and language of her Ladino family.
The nay is a notoriously difficult instrument, which tends to be a point of pride for Cairo’s nayatiyya, or nay players.
Cultural Sustainability, Music
“Who the hell is Ralph Rinzler?” I asked. “The director of the Smithsonian’s Festival of American Folklife, you idiot!”
Artist Profile, Music, Social Justice
There are times when a songwriter, a song, and a moment come together to make an impact beyond anyone’s expectations.
This video examines Rahim AlHaj’s composition “Running Boy,” drawing from a letter written by Rahim’s nephew Fuad.
Cultural Sustainability, Dance, Music
On one hot August evening, A Tribe Called Red turned the National Museum of the American Indian into a dance party.