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    Mary Lou WilliamsMary Lou Williams (1964)Smithsonian Folkways
    100% ESSENTIAL AND DEEP super-quality Mary Lou Williams 1964 LP reissue. This is a brand new KILLER Smithsonian reissue - complete with super-thick Smithsonian...
    • Mary Lou Williams – Miss D.D.
    • Mary Lou Williams – My Blue Heaven
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    Steel Band ClashSteel Band ClashSmithsonian Folkways
    Recorded in 1955, three sixteen-person steel bands—Big Shell, Brute Force and Hell's Gate—come together to provide a sampling of lively music...
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      Lead BellyLead Belly Sings Folk SongsSmithsonian Folkways
      Vital 1940s recordings of 15 songs featuring Lead Belly performing solo and accompanied by Woody Guthrie, Cisco Houston, and Sonny Terry. 
        Esso Steel Band of Bermuda Bermuda HoneymoonSmithsonian Folkways
        In the 1950s, steel pan and calypso, imported from Trinidad and Tobago, were hot in Bermuda. Lloyd Simmons and Hubert Smith, Jr. sing calypso with the...
          Lord MelodyCaribbean Limbo MusicSmithsonian Folkways
          How low can you go? Chances are, you’ll laugh (or at least giggle) before you reach your limit. These largely instrumental pieces with limbo-appropriate...
            Classic African-American Ballads / Various ArtistsClassic African-American Ballads from Smithsonian FolkwaysSmithsonian Folkways
            Classic African-American Ballads is a sampling of an important, historic, and engaging slice of America's Black music heritage. The heyday of the Black...
              The Brute Force Steel BandMusic to Awaken the Ballroom BeastSmithsonian Folkways
              In the streets of Antigua shortly following WWII, The Brute Force Steel Band began as one of the ensembles that would pioneer Caribbean steel pan music....
                Creole Songs of Haiti / Various ArtistsCreole Songs of HaitiSmithsonian Folkways
                This recording combines vocal interpretations of Vodou (an Afro-Haitian religion) ceremonial songs and popular secular melodies by legendary Haitian singer,...
                  Music from the South / Various ArtistsMusic from the South Vol. 1: Country Brass BandsSmithsonian Folkways
                  The fieldwork for this album sought to explore sources that would lead listeners back to the decades between the emancipation of the slaves in 1863 and...
                    Music of Haiti / Various ArtistsMusic of Haiti: Vol. 3 - Songs and Dances of HaitiSmithsonian Folkways
                    The Ayida Group, a troupe folklorique of Port-au-Prince that sprung (with many similar troops) out of a 1930’s—’40s social movement revaluing...
                      McLeanElectro-Symphonic LandscapesSmithsonian Folkways
                      Composed by Priscilla McLean and Barton McLean, originally released in 1979
                        The Seasons: Vermont For Magnetic Tape Collage & Instrumental EnsembleSmithsonian Folkways
                        Composed by Malcolm Goldstein, and originally released in 1983, the music consists of a magnetic tape collage of sounds recorded in Vermont during each...
                          Rupert Clemendore and John Buddy WilliamsLe Jazz Primitif From TrinidadSmithsonian Folkways
                          Hardly "primitive," this is sophisticated jazz improv "with the Trinidad touch." The musical settings range from smooth lounge jazz with vibes, piano,...
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                            Dance Calypso Dance CalypsoSmithsonian Folkways
                            According to the liner notes, "Calypso is...a humor-coated pellet of uncamouflaged truth...taking the opportunity of saying something to somebody in song...
                              The Real CalypsoThe Real Calypso (1927-1946)Smithsonian Folkways
                              This compilation is an introduction to the golden age of calypso and to some of it's greatest exponents. The genre is known for its incisive social commentary,...
                              • The Real Calypso – Louis-Schmeling Fight
                              East New York Ensemble de MusicAt The Helm (1974)Smithsonian Folkways
                              Amazing deep, deep jazz as featured on our "New Thing!" compilation! Includes heavyweight African/Eastern styles and the out-there 13 minute version of...
                              • East New York Ensemble de Music – Sun Flower
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                              Sarah Webster FabioJujus - Alchemy of the Blues (1976)Smithsonian Folkways
                              Super-tough funky, funky, funky female proto-rap poetry from Sarah Webster Fabio. Killer! Armed with an incredible rhythm section this album is a classic...
                              • Sarah Webster Fabio – Sweet songs
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                              Dabuyabarugu: Inside the Temple Sacred Music of the Garifuna of Belize (1982)Smithsonian Folkways
                              Deep Roots music from Belize.This album is a collection of music recorded during a dugu, a two week ceremonial feast that attempts to placate the...
                                Drums of Defiance (1992)Maroon Music from the Earliest Free Black Communities of JamaicaSmithsonian Folkways
                                Maroon communities in Jamaica are directly descended from escaped slaves brought over to Jamaica by the slave trade. Fiercely independent, these communities...
                                • Jawbone – Morning Star
                                Drums Of Haiti (1950)Music of Haiti, Vol 2Smithsonian Folkways
                                Heavy, heavy, heavy drum rhythms recorded in Haiti. Voodoo plus some Rara. This is like Soul Jazz Records' own "Voodoo Drums", only recorded in 1950! Produced...
                                • Drums Of Haiti (1950) – Bumba Dance
                                Rhythms of RaptureSacred Musics of Haitian Vodou (1995)Smithsonian Folkways
                                Excellent recordings of Haitian voodoo music in all its many forms and variations. Comes with superb booklet. Cuts from live Vodou ceremonies are juxtaposed...
                                • Port-Au-Prince Zepol – Vye Gran O (Song for Ezili)
                                Roots Of Black Music In AmericaSome Correspondences Between The Music Of The Slave Areas Of West Africa, USA and CaribbeanSmithsonian Folkways
                                How the music of USA, the Caribbean and Western Africa is connected by the slave trade with comparisons between the various musics and instruments in the...
                                • Waje Ward – Virginia Banjo Instrumental
                                Brazil: Songs of ProtestZelia Barbosa Sings of the Sertao & Favela (1968)Smithsonian Folkways
                                Killer, killer, killer 60s hard bossa! There are tough versions of 'Carcara' (check out the audio), Edu Lobo's 'Cheganca', 'Opiniao' and other protest...
                                • Brazil: Songs of Protest – Carcara (The Vulture)
                                Mary Lou WilliamsBlack Christ of the Andes (1964)Smithsonian Folkways
                                Super-rare and highly sought-after classic modal jazz album finally reissued!HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
                                • Mary Lou Williams – It Ain't Necessarily So
                                • Mary Lou Williams – Miss D.D.
                                • Mary Lou Williams – Koolbonga
                                Mary Lou WilliamsFootnotes to Jazz, Vol. 3: Jazz Rehearsal, I (1950)Smithsonian Folkways
                                After rediscovering a tin box full of acetate recordings of jazz rehearsal sessions, Folkways founder Moe Asch pieced together a sequence that shows the...
                                • Mary Lou Williams – Little Joe
                                Mary Lou WilliamsMary Lou Williams: The Asch Recordings 1944-47 (1977)Smithsonian Folkways
                                Originally recorded and released in 1944, Mary Lou Williams recorded exclusively for Asch during this period. Williams's style was in a state of transition...
                                • Mary Lou Williams – Roll Em
                                • Mary Lou Williams – Satchel Mouth Baby
                                • Mary Lou Williams – Persian Rug
                                Mary Lou WilliamsMary Lou's MassSmithsonian Folkways
                                The long-awaited reissue of Mary Lou Williams's magnum opus of religious jazz: Mary Lou's Mass. Newsweek called the score "an encyclopedia of black music,...
                                • Mary Lou Williams – Willis
                                • Mary Lou Williams – O.W
                                • Mary Lou Williams – Credo
                                Mary Lou WilliamsThe History of Jazz (1978)Smithsonian Folkways
                                • Mary Lou Williams – Medi I (Modern Blues Jazz)
                                • Mary Lou Williams – Nite Life (Kansas City Swing)
                                Mary Lou WilliamsZodiac Suite (1945)Smithsonian Folkways
                                Originally released in 1945, Smithsonian Folkways proudly celebrated the 50th anniversary of the original Asch Records release of Mary Lou Williams' work,...
                                • Mary Lou Williams – Gemini
                                • Mary Lou Williams – Leo
                                • Mary Lou Williams – Aquarius
                                Mary Lou WilliamsZoningSmithsonian Folkways
                                Thirteen tracks (including previously unreleased version of Syl-o-gism and Gloria) embodying her always-distinctive compositions, lyricism, power, and...
                                • Mary Lou Williams – Medi II
                                • Mary Lou Williams – Rosa Mae
                                • Mary Lou Williams – Gloria
                                Yoruba Drums from Benin, West AfricaYoruba Drums from Benin, West AfricaSmithsonian Folkways
                                Benin, West Africa is the home to several Yoruba religious cults based on a pantheon of gods. Overlapping rhythms embedded with symbolic religious meanings...
                                • The Bata Repetoire for Egungen in Pobe – Ako
                                Folk Music of EthiopiaFolk Music of EthiopiaSmithsonian Folkways
                                Deep stuff. Recorded in 1951 - you can hear traces of the Ethiopiques in these recordings.
                                • Folk Music of Ethiopia – Oh My Country (Ethiopia) - Male Voice with Begenna
                                Ritual Music of EthiopiaRitual Music of Ethiopia (1973)Smithsonian Folkways
                                Super-deep ritual music from Ethiopia. Check the soundclip!
                                • Ritual Music of Ethiopia – Kammba Drum Solo (Wallano tribe) / Woyisha cow horn (Wallano tribe)
                                Lord MelodyCalypso Through The Looking Glass (1959)Smithsonian Folkways
                                This recording features ten favorite calypso songs by Lord Melody, including "The Letter," "Alexander the Murderer" and "The River." No listener can escape...
                                • Lord Melody – Hungry Barbers
                                We Shall Overcome:Documentary of the March on Washington (1963)Smithsonian Folkways
                                Audio Documentary featuring  Joan Baez, Martin Luther King, President Kennedy, Odetta, Bob Dylan and more. Features Martin Luther King's famous...
                                • We Shall Overcome: – We Shall Overcome!
                                Africa:The Sounds & Music Of The CongoSmithsonian Folkways
                                Rhythms and songs from Africa.
                                • Africa: – Song of the Ekonda (Baoto Folk Song)
                                Gambian Griot Kora DuetsGambian Griot Kora Duets (1979)Smithsonian Folkways
                                Deep stuff! Recorded in Gambia.
                                • Gambian Griot Kora Duets – Yeyengo - High Life Tune (Tomora Ba Tuning)
                                Lord MelodyCalypso 1962Smithsonian Folkways
                                This recording gives listeners more calypsos from one of the most famous calypsonians of all time, Lord Melody. The Cyril Diaz Calypso Combo and the March...
                                  The Mighty SparrowFirst Flight: Early Calypsos from the Emory Cook CollectionSmithsonian Folkways
                                  Mighty Sparrow's First Flight reflects his post-World War II Trinidadian world of bravado and high rhetoric, in which violence of tongue and hand, the...
                                  • The Mighty Sparrow – No, Doctor, No (The Situation in Trinidad)
                                  John Crow Say..Jamaican Music of Faith, Work and Play (1981)Smithsonian Folkways
                                  Fascinating roots Jamaican recordings recorded by John Storm Roberts in 1981.
                                  • John Crow Say.. – I Saw the Lighthouse
                                  Ancient Slavonic ChantsIvan Koukouzel Angeloglassny Ensemble (1994)Smithsonian Folkways
                                  Sacred voices, recorded in Bulgaria.
                                  • Ancient Slavonic Chants – Voskreseniya Den (The Day of the Resurrection)(Neophyte Riisky- from Easter Matins)
                                  Junkanoo BandKey West (1964)Smithsonian Folkways
                                  Carnival music from the Bahamas. Crazy, heavy rhythms and songs. Recommended.
                                    African and Afro-American DrumsAfrican And Afro-American Drums (1954)Smithsonian Folkways
                                    Excellent roots African-derived  drum recordings from the 1950s. Recommended music from Bahamas, Brazil, Congo, Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, Nigeria, Rwanda,...
                                    • African and Afro-American Drums – Ceremonial Drums 4:39
                                    Angela DavisAngela Davis Speaks (1971)Smithsonian Folkways
                                    Radical Black Panther and black communist speaks out! Fascinating stuff including inteviews about and around the radical poet.
                                    • Angela Davis – Introduction
                                    Cult Music Of TrinidadCult Music Of Trinidad (1961)Smithsonian Folkways
                                    Heavyweight Yoruba religious recordings from Trinidad. Songs, rhythms and chants.
                                    • Cult Music Of Trinidad – Shango oh bababa
                                    Nancy DupreeGhetto Reality (1969)Smithsonian Folkways
                                    Black poet Nancy Dupree accompanied by a group of young kids. Songs include tributes to, amongst others, James Brown.
                                    • Nancy Dupree – James Brown