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Subject: Smithsonian Global Sound April '09: Happy 90th Birthday Pete Seeger

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April 2009 Newsletter

Dear Supporter,


Happy 90th Birthday Pete!

Pete Seeger turns 90 May 3rd, and we join the world in wishing him a happy birthday!

Please visit the all-new Smithsonian Folkways Web site and:

Pete Seeger in 1968.  Photo by Diana Davies.


Son de Mi Tierra by Son de Madera

Fresh Son Jarocho from Son de Madera
Smithsonian 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 Magazine
Smithsonian 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!

Premiere Issue of Folkways Magazine


Smithsonian Folkways Trivia!
Each 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!

April 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?

Congratulations 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?


New Releases

American Favorite Ballads, Vols. 1-5
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

Ballads, Blues, and a Spiritual by Dave Von Ronk
Ballads, Blues, and a Spiritual
Dave Von Ronk

Belly Dance!: The Best of George Abdo and His Flames of Araby Orchestra
Belly Dance!: The Best of George Abdo and His Flames of Araby Orchestra

Multi-Cultural Children's Songs by Ella Jenkins
Multi-Cultural Children's Songs
Ella Jenkins

ˇViva el Mariachi!: Nati Cano's Mariachi Los Camperos
ˇViva el Mariachi!: Nati Cano's Mariachi Los Camperos


News and Notes

  • The benefit concert in celebration of Pete Seeger’s 90th birthday has been sold out for weeks, but is reporting a few last-minute tickets available for the May 3rd event at Madison Square Garden in New York.
  • Bernice Johnson Reagon recently received an honorary doctorate of music from Berklee College of Music.
  • We remember Manny Oquendo (1931-2009), leader of the group Conjunto Libre. Oquendo appeared on the 2001 Smithsonian Folkways release New York City: Global Beat of the Boroughs.

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