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  • Smithsonian Folklife Festival Introduction

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    Founded in 1967 the Smithsonian Folklife Festival is an annual event on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. that brings participants from around the world.

    Narrated by Ossie Davis
    Edited by Aurélie Beatley

    [Catalog No. CFV10467; Copyright 2012 Smithsonian Institution] Show less
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    • A Celebration of Interconnectedness: Deborah Santana on the Smithsonian Folklife Festival - Duration: 4 minutes, 51 seconds.

      • 3 months ago
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      Celebrate 50 years of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival by giving $50 for 50 more: http://s.si.edu/2aHhvTA

      Deborah Santana—author, philanthropist, and advocate for the arts—has long been an activ...
    • A Celebration of Interconnectedness: Deborah Santana on the Smithsonian Folklife Festival - Duration: 4 minutes, 51 seconds.

      • 3 months ago
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      Deborah Santana—author, philanthropist, and advocate for the arts—has long been an active supporter of education, music, and women’s empowerment. On a visit years ago to a school she supports in Ke...
    • Kepa Junkera and Sorginak at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival: “Drakian” - Duration: 6 minutes, 55 seconds.

      • 4 months ago
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      On the opening day of the 2016 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Basque trikitixa (accordion) sensation Kepa Junkera headlined the Ralph Rinzler Concert Stage, accompanied by five of the Sorginak. In ...
    • Chuck Brown Band at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival: "Bustin' Loose" - Duration: 2 minutes, 58 seconds.

      • 4 months ago
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      The spirit of the Godfather of Go-Go spread across the National Mall on July 3 with each bass riff and brass blast of the Chuck Brown Band. After a drizzly evening of varied traditional music in th...
    • Korrontzi at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival: "Belardi" - Duration: 5 minutes, 27 seconds.

      • 4 months ago
      • 843 views
      In the final concert of the 2016 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Basque folk rock band Korrontzi closed their set with “Belardi,” from the 2015 album Korrontzi Dantzan.

      Front man and accordion play...
    • The Evolving Choreography of Aukeran - Duration: 5 minutes, 45 seconds.

      • 4 months ago
      • 248 views
      Aukeran is a Basque dance company from Donostia-San Sebastian that performs contemporary pieces inspired by traditional Basque styles. Although they uphold traditional elements throughout their cho...
    • Aukeran at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival: "Arin Geltokia" - Duration: 3 minutes, 40 seconds.

      • 4 months ago
      • 298 views
      Aukeran is a professional dance troupe from Basque country founded in 1997 by Edu Muruamendiaraz. The beautiful and graceful professional dancers have backgrounds in both Basque traditional and con...
    • The Basque American Sound of Boise with Amuma Says No - Duration: 5 minutes, 1 second.

      • 4 months ago
      • 148 views
      Amuma Says No is a Basque American band based in Boise, Idaho. Keeping the heart and soul of Basque music in America, the band brings together the best of traditional trikitixa—a duo of accordion a...
    • Los Texmaniacs at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival: "México Americano" - Duration: 4 minutes, 11 seconds.

      • 4 months ago
      • 359 views
      Based in San Antonio, Texas, Los Texmaniacs is a Grammy Award-winning Smithsonian Folkways conjunto rock band. At the 2016 Smithsonian Folklife Festival's Ralph Rinzler Memorial Concert, they were ...
    • Basque Rural Sports on the National Mall - Duration: 5 minutes, 7 seconds.

      • 4 months ago
      • 144 views
      Herri kirolak, or Basque rural sports, require great amounts of strength, speed, endurance, and willpower. Out of the fifteen traditional rural sports, we showcased nine at the 2016 Smithsonian Fol...
    • Electronic Artist Low Leaf on Musical Identities - Duration: 4 minutes, 51 seconds.

      • 4 months ago
      • 368 views
      Singer, songwriter, musician, and producer Low Leaf melds traditional instruments with electronic music to create a freeform approach to music that is all her own. Growing up in the San Fernando Va...
    • Basque Master Stone Carver Bernat Vidal - Duration: 4 minutes, 41 seconds.

      • 4 months ago
      • 49 views
      Bernat Vidal and his fellow Basque artisans created beautiful pieces during their time on the National Mall as part of the 2016 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Many worked with traditional art forms...
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    • Bhangra/Giddha Dance, Sikh and Punjabi American Dancers - Duration: 8 minutes, 2 seconds.

      • 5 years ago
      • 257,366 views
      Dance troupe sequence of female dancers, dancing a men's style adapted for women with modern-sikh music. [Catalog No. - CFV10263; Copyright - 2010 Smithsonian Institution]
    • Blues Singer and Pianist Marcia Ball Performs "Louella" - Duration: 5 minutes, 43 seconds.

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      Catalog No. - CFV10156; Copyright - 2008 Smithsonian Institution
    • Grupo Cimarrón, Virtuosos of the Colombian Joropo Llanero Tradition - Duration: 10 minutes.

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      Grupo Cimarrón, virtuosos of the Colombian joropo llanero tradition, performs at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, 2009. [Catalog No. - CFV10205; Copyright - 2009 Smithsonian Institution]
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    • George Clinton: Give Up the Funk - Duration: 5 minutes, 51 seconds.

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      Legendary funk artist George Clinton has influenced countless musicians and musical genres ranging from hip-hop to rock. Here, the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Sm...
    • Hula: Preserving Native Hawaiian Language and Culture - Duration: 6 minutes, 22 seconds.

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      UNUKUPUKUPU is the name of the rigorous hula curricula of Dr. Taupōuri Tangarō at Hawai'i Community College, University of Hawai'i System.

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      The Garifuna Collective was co-founded and led by Andy Palacio (1960--2008), a musician dedicated to preserving the unique Garifuna language and culture. Today this group of accomplished, multi-gen...
    • Cantadoras del Pacífico, Colombian Currulao Music - Duration: 6 minutes, 59 seconds.

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      Colombian group, Cantadoras del Pacifico, performs at the 2009 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. [Catalog No. - CFV10203; Copyright - 2009 Smithsonian Institution]
    • Los Cardencheros de Sapioriz, A Cappella Singers - Duration: 2 minutes, 30 seconds.

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      Los Cardencheros sings 'Farewell My Dear Friends'. [Catalog No. - CFV10282; Copyright - 2010 Smithsonian Institution]
    • Sweet Heaven Kings: The Sounds of Sunday Morning - Duration: 17 minutes.

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      The Sweet Heaven Kings, an exhilarating brass ensemble, is made up of members of the United House of Prayer for All People in the Anacostia community of Washington, D.C. The group delivered this un...
    • Los Hermanos Lobo: a Salvadoran Chanchona group from Leesburg, Virginia - Duration: 3 minutes, 37 seconds.

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      Catalog No. - CFV10104; Copyright - 2007 Smithsonian Institution
    • Ulali perform "Mother" - Duration: 3 minutes, 2 seconds.

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      Ulali is a group of First Nations women who combine drums, rattles, and other percussion instruments with their powerful voices to create a potent blend of traditional Native American roots music a...
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