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    Lord InvaderCalypso (1955)Smithsonian Folkways
    One of Calypso's finest exponents, recorded in 1955
    • Lord Invader – Brown Skin Girl
    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...
            Classic Appalachian Blues / Various ArtistsClassic Appalachian Blues from Smithsonian FolkwaysSmithsonian Folkways
            The "mountain cousin" of the Delta blues, Appalachian blues bears the stamp of a distinctive regional blend of European and African styles and sounds born...
              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,...
                  J.D. Short and Son HouseJ.D. Short and Son House: Blues from the Mississippi DeltaSmithsonian Folkways
                  This album presents the distinctive blues born from the hardships of life—especially African-American life—in northern Mississippi. In addition...
                    Louisiana Creole Music / Various ArtistsLouisiana Creole MusicSmithsonian Folkways
                    The French-speaking, black Creoles from the prairies of lower Louisiana produce a wide variety of music, from Cajun two-steps to the blues. This album...
                      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. 1 - Folk Music of HaitiSmithsonian Folkways
                        Folklorist, ethnographer and ethnomusicologist Harold Courlander, known for his important early work documenting the “vast unwritten literature,...
                          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...
                                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
                                Street and Gangland RhythmsBeats And Improvisations By Six Boys In Trouble (1959)Smithsonian Folkways
                                Street percussion, drumming, songs and chants recorded in New York in 1959 by a group of street kids. Kind of like a prototype Haryou Percussion Group...
                                • Street and Gangland Rhythms – Ole
                                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 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
                                  Music From The Villages Of Northeastern NigeriaRecorded In The FieldSmithsonian Folkways
                                  Excellent recordings from the North-Eastern villages of Nigeria - varying from drums and voice to marimba type instruments and loads more. Double CD.
                                  • Music From The Villages Of Northeastern Nigeria – Music of the Ga'anda People: Ga'anda Xylophone Band
                                  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
                                  Drums Of TrinidadTribal Rhythms From CarriacouSmithsonian Folkways
                                  Six man drum orchestra. This recording of hand drumming from Port of Spain demonstrates African-derived rhythms performed in Trinidad and the broader Caribbean...
                                  • Drums Of Trinidad – Calypso in Drums
                                  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 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
                                  Traditional Drumming and Dances of GhanaTraditional Drumming and Dances of Ghana (1976)Smithsonian Folkways
                                  Recordings from the Ashanti, Asafo, Lobi and Krobos regions, including 'talking drums'. Wicked rhythms!
                                  • Traditional Drumming and Dances of Ghana – Kete Drumming
                                  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)
                                  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)
                                  Music Of MaliMusic Of Mali (1966)Smithsonian Folkways
                                  • Music Of Mali –  Taureg Minstrels at Timbuktu (with Two Lutes)
                                  Songs of War and Death from the Slave Coast:Songs of Death (1982)Smithsonian Folkways
                                  Heavyweight songs and drums recorded in Ghana. All relate to death!
                                  • Songs of War and Death from the Slave Coast: – Gogodzi (Mourning Song) - 1:57
                                  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...
                                    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
                                    Folk Music Of JamaicaFolk Music Of Jamaica (1956)Smithsonian Folkways
                                    Heavyweight roots music from Jamaica, very-percussion heavy. Recorded by ex-prime minister of Jamaica, Edward Seaga, in his musical anthropological days!...
                                    • Folk Music Of Jamaica – Kumina "Country" Songs - 3:15
                                    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)
                                    Griots:Ministers of the Spoken Word (1975)Smithsonian Folkways
                                    Super-deep music from Mali, Gambia and Senegal. A double CD featuring Griot Music, Africa's story tellers, also known as the ministers of the spoken word!...
                                    • Griots: – Nege Sirimang
                                    Cult Music of CubaCult Music of Cuba (1951)Smithsonian Folkways
                                    Excellent early recordings of Yoruba, Lucumi and more religious afro-cuban cult music with songs for Shango, Legba etc. Recommended. These recordings...
                                    • Cult Music of Cuba – Song to Legba and Yemaya (Two Male Voices, Drum, Rattle)
                                    Jamaican Cult MusicJamaican Cult Music (1954)Smithsonian Folkways
                                    The original jump-up! Revivalist Zion, baptist, Kumina drums, Jonkanoo and Rastafari! Amazing early recordings.
                                    • Jamaican Cult Music – Uplifting table (revival zion) 3:28
                                    Sarah Webster FabioSoul Ain't Soul Is: Poems by Sarah Webster Fabio (1973)Smithsonian Folkways
                                    Sarah Webster's black poetry. Some tracks feature conga accompaniment in a Gil Scott Heron/Last Poets stylee! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
                                    • Sarah Webster Fabio – Soul ain't: soul is
                                    Langston HughesThe Voice Of Langston HughesSmithsonian Folkways
                                    Includes the classic "I've Known Rivers", later recorded by Gary Bartz ("The Negro Speaks Of Rivers")
                                    • Langston Hughes – The negro speaks of rivers