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African American Legacy Series
A collaboration with the National Museum of African American History and Culture
In 2007, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture began a multi-year collaboration to explore the rich African American musical and oral heritage in the USA. The African American Legacy Recordings series will include reissues and compilations drawn from the Folkways catalogue, plus previously unreleased archival material and new recordings of contemporary artists. Genres will include blues, jazz, gospel, folk traditions, spoken word, hip hop, and more. The goal is to reach new audiences with historic recordings and capture contemporary traditions for future generations.
- New Orleans Brass Bands: Through the Streets of the City
Various Artists SFW40212 (2015) For more than a century, the signature sound of New Orleans has been the brass band — at once a source of celebration, collective expression, and community pride...
- African American Legacy Series: A Life of Song
Ella Jenkins SFW45067 (2011) In A Life of Song, Ella Jenkins, “The First Lady of Children’s Music,” offers stories and songs that speak to her youthful years...
- Rappahannock Blues
John Jackson SFW40181 (2010) Raised in a large, musical farm family in Rappahannock County, Virginia, John Jackson (1924-2002) was the most important...
- A Voice Ringing O'er the Gale!
The Oratory of Frederick Douglass
Read by Ossie Davis SFW47006 (2009) Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) was an abolitionist, women's suffragist, author, and statesman who escaped...
- Richmond Blues
Cephas & Wiggins SFW40179 (2008) In Richmond Blues, guitarist-singer John Cephas and his harmonica-player partner Phil Wiggins personify the century-old blues...
- On the Right Road Now
The Paschall Brothers SFW40176 (2007) Silken voices, intricate harmonies, and divinely inspired passion mark the quartet singing of the Paschall Brothers...
- On My Journey: Independent Recordings
Paul Robeson SFW40178 (2007) An American giant of 20th-century music, Paul Robeson stood tall against racism, McCarthyism, and blacklisting...