SMITHSONIAN GLOBAL SOUND
Spring 2008 Newsletter

Dear Smithsonian Global Sound Customer,
2008 marks the 60th anniversary of Folkways Records and the 20th anniversary of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. Moses Asch founded Folkways Records in 1948 to document "people’s music," spoken word, instruction, and sounds from around the world. The Smithsonian acquired Folkways from the Asch estate in 1988, and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings has continued the Folkways commitment to cultural diversity, education, increased understanding, and lively engagement with the world of sound.

Smithsonian Global Sound is proud to be an extension of these missions, offering increased access to their recordings and linking them with other sound archives around the world. Please help us honor and celebrate the 60/20 anniversaries by exploring their collections at Smithsonian Global Sound.

FREE DOWNLOADS FROM FOLKWAYS RECORDS
How best to celebrate 60 years of documenting and preserving our audio heritage? With six free tracks from the historical collection, of course! Download for free music by Pete Seeger, Mbuti Pygmies, Civil Rights Movement freedom singers, and other recordings that demonstrate the breadth and depth Moses Asch’s Folkways Records.

NEW MERENGUE RECORDING ROCKS SMITHSONIAN GLOBAL SOUND
La India Canela is a dynamic accordion player and fiery leader of a merengue típico band from the Dominican Republic. Merengue is the most popular musical export from the Dominican Republic, and merengue tipico is the beloved traditional form centered on the accordion, percussion, and improvisation. Download her new album Merengue Típico from the Dominican Republic and watch video interviews and performances from her recent recording sessions with Smithsonian Folkways in the Dominican Republic.

SOUNDS OF AMERICA ONLINE RADIO PROGRAM
In partnership with the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Global Sound presents Sounds of America, a monthly streaming radio program exploring musical traditions in the USA. Hear music from Smithsonian Global Sound and American History collections and read commentary from American History Museum curators. Recent programs explore freedom songs of the Civil Rights Movement and women in traditional American folk.

WATCH NOW ON GLOBAL SOUND LIVE
Grupo Raíz
Grupo Raíz in performance and conversation about nueva canción
Drivers Union Por Por Group
La Drivers Union Por Por Group demonstrate their unique honk horn music
Inuit throat-singing demonstration
Inuit throat-singing demonstration

NEW AND NOTABLE
American Favorite Ballads Vol. 5 by Pete Seeger
La India Canela: Merengue from the Dominican Republic
Central Asia 6: Spiritual Music of Azerbijan
Tony Trischka: Territory
Nobel Voices for Disarmament
Puntilla: A Tribute to Tío Tom
CURATOR PICKS
Qawwali by Meraj Ahmed and Party
Qawwali by Meraj Ahmed and Party
W.E.B. DuBois: A Recorded Autobiography, Interview with Moses Asch
Lullabies of the World
Songs and laments of the Luba-speaking Songe and Hemba people
Discover Indonesia

UPCOMING EVENTS
Viva El Mariachi Festival
March 30
Fresno, California

National Association of Music Educators National Conference
April 9-13
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Northwest Folklife Festival
May 23-26
Seattle, Washington

Smithsonian Folklife Festival
June 25-July 6
Washington, D.C.

Continue to visit www.smithsonianglobalsound.org for more access to rare recordings and performances of music and sound from around the world.

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