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Sent: 28 April 2010 16:12
Subject: Smithsonian Folkways Magazine - Spring '10: Rainbow: Chronicle of a Collaboration

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Dear Supporter,


The spring issue of Smithsonian Folkways Magazine chronicles the cross-cultural collaborations that resulted in Rainbow, Volume 8 of the Music of Central Asia Series.

Read about how Azerbaijani singers Alim and Fargana Qasimov, Afghan rubāb player Homayun Sakhi, and American group Kronos Quartet moved beyond superficial grooves towards a deeper music connection.

The Music of Central Asia series, a co-production of Smithsonian Folkways and the Aga Khan Music Initiative, currently features nine CD/DVD sets.

Also featured:

Smithsonian Folkways Magazine: Spring 2010, featuring Music of Central Asia


The Sounds of Mariachi: Lessons in Mariachi Performance

New Release: The Sounds of Mariachi Instructional DVD

GRAMMY-winner Nati Cano, alongside an accomplished collection of musicians and educators, teaches mariachi technique, performance, and lore in this first-ever mariachi ensemble instructional DVD.


Webby Awards - Vote for Us Today!

The Smithsonian Folkways website is one of five nominees in the "Cultural Institutions" category of the 14th annual Webby Awards. Please show your support and vote for Smithsonian Folkways in the People's Voice awards. The deadline to vote is this Thursday, April 29th.

Please vote for us for the Webby Awards!


Ronald Clyne at Folkways Book

New Book Honors Folkways Graphic Artist

Ronald Clyne at Folkways is a new 64-page anthology dedicated to the artist who was largely responsible for the label's striking visual appearance. Featuring more than 200 examples of Clyne's work and an extensive essay, this booklet from United Editions is available in the U.S. exclusively at


'Listen Up' Hats

"Listen Up" Hats

Pick up a Smithsonian Folkways baseball hat for yourself or a friend and save 20% through May 7th with code LISTENUPHAT.


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 May 1st, and a randomly selected entrant with the correct answer will win a free CD of his or her choice!

April Question: The tar, a plucked lute featured on the Music of Central Asia, Vol. 8, is widely considered the national instrument of what country?

Congratulations to last month's winner, Joanne, from Santa Rosa, CA, who was randomly selected after correctly answering "Afghanistan" to March's question: The rubāb, a lute-like instrument with a mixture of melody, drone, and sympathetic strings, is featured in the music from this Central Asian country? Hint — Homayun Sakhi plays rubāb on three volumes of the Music of Central Asia Series.


Essential Picks

The Voice of Langston Hughes
The Voice of Langston Hughes
Langston Hughes

”Viva el Mariachi!: Nati Cano's Mariachi Los Camperos
”Viva el Mariachi!
Nati Cano's Mariachi Los Camperos

Songs of Steel and Struggle: The Story of the Steelworkers by Joe Glazer
Songs of Steel and Struggle
Joe Glazer

Cajun Home Music
Cajun Home Music
Various Artists

Birds, Beasts, Bugs and Fishes (Little and Big) by Pete Seeger
Birds, Beasts, Bugs and Fishes (Little and Big)
Pete Seeger

Classic Bluegrass Vol. 2 from Smithsonian Folkways
Classic Bluegrass Vol. 2
Various Artists


News and Notes

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