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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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Big Bill BroonzyBig Bill Broonzy Sings Folk SongsSmithsonian Folkways
Cut in 1956, these tracks catch Broonzy in fine form near the end of his distinguished career. His powerful voice and guitar are showcased in a set which...
The Brute Force Steel BandBeauty and the Brute ForceSmithsonian Folkways
Trinidadian vocalist Dot Evans joined the Antiguan Brute Force Steel Band for this collaborative project that displays the luxurious melodies and rhythmic...
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...
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....
Cajun Songs from Louisiana / Various ArtistsCajun Songs from LouisianaSmithsonian Folkways
Although characteristic of the state of Louisiana, Cajun music has its roots in the French-speaking Acadian population of Canada. The lives of those French...
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. 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...
The Big Drum Dance of Carriacou / Various ArtistsThe Big Drum Dance of CarriacouSmithsonian Folkways
The Big Drum Dance is one of the most significant musical rituals on the island of Carriacou in the Grenadines. Really a long series of dances, the Big...
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,...
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...
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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...
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...
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...
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...
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 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 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 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,...
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...
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...
African FlutesRecorded In The Gambia (1978)Smithsonian Folkways
Really amazing flute playing recorded in Gambia. Gives Roland Kirk a serious run for his money! Check out the audio.
Africa:The Sounds & Music Of The CongoSmithsonian Folkways
Rhythms and songs from Africa.
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....
Real Calypso, Vol. 2: Out The FireCalypso Songs of Social Commentary and Love TroublesSmithsonian Folkways
According to the original liner notes, this selection of 1930s Trinidadian calypso is "colorful and exuberant and richly expressive and often hilariously...
Junkanoo BandKey West (1964)Smithsonian Folkways
Carnival music from the Bahamas. Crazy, heavy rhythms and songs. Recommended.
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