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Smithsonian Global Sound/Folkways
Smithsonian Folkways
May 2009 Newsletter


Dear Supporter,
Greetings, America! New Album of Paraguayan Harp Music Now Available

Maiteí América: Harps of Paraguay, the latest album in the Tradiciones/Traditions Series, is now available. "Greetings, America"—Maiteí América in the Guaraní Indian language—boasts three generations of musicians playing in a style that is a favorite of harpists the world over.
The Tradiciones/Traditions Series is made up of 28 albums released since 2002 that showcase the diverse musical heritage of the more than 40 million Latinos living in the USA.
Maiteí América: Harps of Paraguay
Smithsonian Folklife Festival Upcoming Releases: Frederick Douglass, Los Texmaniacs, Joropo Oriental, and Welsh Music and Song
In conjunction with the 2009 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, held June 24th–July 5th on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Smithsonian Folkways will release four albums: Stay tuned for more information and special offers on these new albums.
Mike Seeger to Receive 2009 NEA Award
Mike Seeger, who has performed on, produced, or recorded 74 Smithsonian Folkways albums, will receive the 2009 Bess Lomax Hawes Award for significant contributions to the preservation and awareness of cultural heritage from the National Endowment of the Arts. Congratulations, Mike!

Learn more about Mike Seeger in this Smithsonian Featured Artist Profile.
Mike Seeger to Receive 2009 NEA Award
Smithsonian Folkways Trivia!
Each month we'll ask a trivia question; email your answer, name, and address with the subject "May Trivia" to smithsonianfolkways@si.edu by May 31st and a randomly selected entrant with the correct answer will win a free CD of his or her choice!

May Question: What characteristic defines the harp, as heard on five albums (from four countries) in the Tradiciones/Traditions series, as a distinct type of musical instrument?

Congratulations to last month's winner, Bob from Olney, Maryland, who correctly answered "The Almanac Singers," named after the Farmers’ Almanac. We also accepted "The Almanac House," an apartment that Hays, Lampell, and Seeger shared in New York City, as the inspiration for the name. April’s question was: In the 1940s, Pete Seeger performed in a group that included Woody Guthrie, Lee Hays, Bess Lomax, Sis Cunningham, and Mill Lampell. What was the name of the group, and how did it get its name?
New Releases
Maiteí América: Harps of Paraguay
Maiteí América: Harps of Paraguay
Various Artists
American Favorite Ballads, Vols. 1-5 by Pete Seeger
American Favorite Ballads, Vols. 1-5
Pete Seeger
Son de Mi Tierra by Son de Madera
Son de Mi Tierra
Son de Madera
Essential Picks
Early Southern Guitar Sounds by Mike Seeger
Early Southern Guitar Sounds
Mike Seeger
Hawaiian Drum Dance Chants: Sounds of Power in Time
Hawaiian Drum Dance Chants: Sounds of Power in Time
Various Artists
Bamboo on the Mountains: Kmhmu Highlanders from Southeast Asia and the United States
Bamboo on the Mountains
Various Artists
News and Notes
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