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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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      Lord InvaderCalypso (1955)Smithsonian Folkways
      One of Calypso's finest exponents, recorded in 1955
      • Lord Invader – Brown Skin Girl
      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....
                The Champion Steel Bands of Trinidad / Various ArtistsThe Champion Steel Bands of TrinidadSmithsonian Folkways
                Headliners at Carnival and pan competitions, these six champion steel bands from Trinidad offer listeners songs that hum gently or dance wildly. Participating...
                  Memphis SlimChicago Blues: Boogie Woogie and Blues Played and Sung By Memphis SlimSmithsonian Folkways
                  The music on this recording is at once far-reaching and intimate. It has a quality enjoyed well beyond contemporary fans of this style of music, and yet...
                    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,...
                      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. 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
                              Electronic Music From The OutsideFeaturing Barton McLean, Priscilla McLean, Kevin Hanlon & Reed HolmesSmithsonian Folkways
                              A narrative exploration, with examples, of how six major electronic music works are put together - from the University of Texas-Austin Electronic Music...
                                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...
                                      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...
                                        Folk Music and Ceremonies of EthiopiaFolk Music and Ceremonies of Ethiopia (1974)Smithsonian Folkways
                                        Roots and folk music from the various tribes and regions of Ethiopia, including celebrations for Haile Selassie's 80th birthday
                                        • Folk Music and Ceremonies of Ethiopia – Trance Chant
                                        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
                                        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 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 WilliamsMary Lou Williams (1964)Smithsonian Folkways
                                        So versatile that she was able to sustain a professional career for more than thirty years, jazz pianist, composer and arranger Mary Lou Williams ran the...
                                        • Mary Lou Williams – Miss D.D.
                                        • Mary Lou Williams – My Blue Heaven
                                        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 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
                                        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
                                        Sarah Webster FabioBoss Soul: 12 Poems by Sarah Webster Fabio (1972)Smithsonian Folkways
                                        Tough, tough, tough proto-female rap featuring raw percussion and super-funky accompaniment. This is like Gil Scott Heron's '125th and Lennox' album meets...
                                        • Sarah Webster Fabio – Work it out
                                        • Sarah Webster Fabio – Glimpses
                                        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
                                        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)
                                        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
                                        TiroroThe Haitian DrummerSmithsonian Folkways
                                        Master drummer Tiroro performs traditional rhythms of Haitian vodou on a single drum, manipulating the drum into producing multiple pitches and timbres....
                                        • Tiroro – Best Drummer in Haiti
                                        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...