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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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    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...
          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 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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                        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...
                          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
                          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 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
                          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
                          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
                            Junkanoo BandKey West (1964)Smithsonian Folkways
                            Carnival music from the Bahamas. Crazy, heavy rhythms and songs. Recommended.
                              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
                              King SparrowIn High FidelitySmithsonian Folkways
                              This is another delectable set of calypsos composed and sung by the "Calypso King" Mighty Sparrow. Backed by "The Boys," a full orchestra, and featuring...
                                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
                                Lord MelodyAgain! Lord Melody Sings Calypso (1957)Smithsonian Folkways
                                Trinidad and Tobago's favorite calypsonian Lord Melody demonstrates exactly why he is the lord of melody in this collection of songs that includes "Crazy...
                                • Lord Melody – Crazy love
                                Langston HughesLangston Hughes' Jericho - Jim Crow (1964)Smithsonian Folkways
                                Performance by Langston Hughes.
                                • Langston Hughes – Jericho-Jim Crow (Part I)
                                Music of CubaMusic of Cuba (1985)Smithsonian Folkways
                                Various songs and rhythms recorded in Cuba including Rumbas, Santeria, Son and Guarachas.
                                • Palo Forte Musicians – Two Palos
                                The Sacred Rhythms of Cuban SanteriaThe Sacred Rhythms of Cuban Santeria (1984)Smithsonian Folkways
                                These recordings of Santería drumming and singing rituals feature four Cuban Santería groups calling the gods (orishas) by performing rhythmic...
                                • The Sacred Rhythms of Cuban Santeria – Inle
                                Black Music Of Two WorldsBlack Music Of Two Worlds (1977)Smithsonian Folkways
                                Compiled and annotated by John Storm Roberts - who wrote 'The Latin Tinge' and 'Black Music Of Two Worlds' - two excellent books. 33 tracks ranging from...
                                  Calypso AwakeningFrom The Emory Cook Collection 1956-1962Smithsonian Folkways
                                  Trinidadian Calypso at its height! A flourishing of Calypso creativity, a dramatic period in Trinidad's history and an audio engineer inspired these exciting...
                                  • Wrangler – Bongo Man