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“If humanity survives another century, it will be because of music.” What Pete Seeger captured in a single line is the profound consolation that only music brings.
Music, Social Justice
John Taylor’s “Stormy Monday” needs no accompaniment. The seasoned gospel singer’s bellowing voice can command a room with ease. It’s only after Taylor finishes singing that he’s introduced to audiences as an inmate
Cultural Sustainability, Language, Music
Beginning on International Mother Language Day, the Smithsonian’s Mother Tongue Film Festival will take place in Washington, D.C., February 21 to 25
One name you’re sure to come across in a survey of classical Azerbaijani music in our time is that of Alim Qasimov. The beloved musician, who often performs alongside his daughter, Fargana
Music, Religion & Spirituality
In Egypt, zar ceremonies are used to treat individuals possessed by spirits, or jinn. When jinn inhabit people, they’re believed to remain with the hosts forever
In this audio feature excerpted from the discussion, Che “Rhymefest” Smith gave powerful examples of a song’s ability to change history.
The history of R&B and the breadth of what it encompasses—socially, commercially, and artistically—tells a complex story of many strands and experiences.
Artist Profile, Music
Have you ever wondered how a person in a community happens to become a good folk musician?
In honor of the opening of NMAAHC, we have curated a playlist of some of our favorite and most influential African American musicians from Smithsonian Folkways.
Community, Dance, Music
What do the Motown sound and hip-hop music have in common? Each is the musical inspiration for a vital dance tradition that thrives in the African American community of Washington, D.C.