Fresh Son Jarocho
from Son de Madera
Folkways has released Son de Mi Tierra, a vibrant new
son jarocho album from the forward-looking group Son de
Madera from Veracruz, Mexico. Click
here to check it out and watch a video of the
group discussing the improvisational nature of their music.
Premiere Issue of
Folkways has launched Folkways Magazine, a quarterly,
multi-media online magazine, to highlight the artists and
recordings that make Smithsonian Folkways a unique collection
of music from around the world. Each issue will feature
in-depth feature articles (see this month's features on Pete
Seeger and Nati Cano), video performances, field reports from
music producers and researchers, rare archival objects, and
much more to come.
Read the first
issue here and tell us what you think!
month we'll ask a trivia question; email your
answer, name, and address with the subject "April
Trivia" to smithsonianfolkways_at_si_dot_edu
by April 31st and a randomly selected entrant with the correct
answer will win a free CD of his or her choice!
Question: 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?
to last month's winner, Matthias from Paris, France, who
correctly answered "Bush War Blues by Billy Bragg" to March's
question: What artist notably re-worked Lead Belly’s song
"Bourgeois Blues" (which appears on Classic Protest
Songs from Smithsonian Folkways) in 2006, and
what was the name of the new version?
benefit concert in celebration of Pete Seeger’s 90th
birthday has been sold out for weeks, but www.seeger90.com
is reporting a few last-minute tickets available for the May
3rd event at Madison Square Garden in New
Johnson Reagon recently received an honorary
doctorate of music from Berklee College of
remember Manny Oquendo (1931-2009), leader of the group
Conjunto Libre. Oquendo appeared on the 2001 Smithsonian
Folkways release New York City:
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