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Sound Sessions from Smithsonian Folkways

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Washington , DC

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Smithsonian

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Sound Sessions from Smithsonian Folkways is an audio journey into the rich, eclectic, and sometimes eccentric Smithsonian Folkways archive. Host Sam Litzinger and archivist Jeff Place comb the stacks for music and stories about this historic record label for monthly broadcasts that feature newly digitized audio, including rare outtakes, interviews, and never-before-heard recordings. Programs cover American folk icons, emerging artists who are continuing and transforming musical traditions around the world, and the sounds of our everyday lives, from the natural environment to the office desk. Interviews with Smithsonian Folkways staff and the artists bring a fresh, behind-the-scenes perspective to a record label that preserves a national musical treasure, documents 'people's music' from around the world, and connects people to their own and others' heritage. Smithsonian Folkways Recordings is the nonprofit record label of the Smithsonian Institution, the national museum of the United States. We are dedicated to supporting cultural diversity and increased understanding among peoples through the documentation, preservation, and dissemination of sound.

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English

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Smithsonian Folkways Recordings 600 Maryland Ave., SW, Suite 2001 Washington, DC 20024 USA 1-202-633-6516


Episodes

Sonam Dorji of Bhutan

8/13/2015
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Bhutan, a small nation nestled between India and China, was one of the featured programs of the 2008 Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Bhutanese musician Sonam Dorji joins Smithsonian Folkways Associate Director Atesh Sonneborn and host Sam Litzinger on the Festival grounds in a discussion about the music, people, and culture of Bhutan, the "Land of the Thunder Dragon."

Lead Belly

8/13/2015
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Alvin Singh II, director of the Lead Belly Foundation (www.leadbelly.org) (and Lead Belly’s great-nephew), joins fellow-archivist Jeff Place and host Sam Litzinger to discuss the life and music of Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter, the vastly influential "king of the twelve-string guitar."

Quebe Sisters - Texas Swing Fiddle

8/13/2015
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Host Sam Litzinger explores Texas Swing through the works of the Quebe Sisters, performers at the 2008 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. When Grace, Sophia and Hulda Quebe (pronounced kway-bee) take to a stage to play and sing their vintage-style three-part harmony, audiences are mesmerized.

Ella Jenkins - the First Lady in Children's Music

8/13/2015
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Episode 14 features an interview with Ella Jenkins, the "First Lady in Children's Music." Ella recorded her first album for Folkways Records in 1957 and continues to entertain children of all ages. Sound Sessions from Smithsonian Folkways is an audio journey into the rich, eclectic, and sometimes eccentric Smithsonian Folkways archive. Host Sam Litzinger and archivist Jeff Place comb the stacks for music and stories about this historic record label.