• Vodun-Rada Rite for Erzulie – Part 1
    • 1. Part 1
    • 2. Part 2

    Live recording of a Voodoo ritual ceremony recorded in Haiti. Heavy!

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                              East New York Ensemble de MusicAt The Helm (1974)Smithsonian Folkways
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                              • 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
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                                Folk Music and Ceremonies of EthiopiaFolk Music and Ceremonies of Ethiopia (1974)Smithsonian Folkways
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                                • Folk Music and Ceremonies of Ethiopia – Trance Chant
                                Rhythms of RaptureSacred Musics of Haitian Vodou (1995)Smithsonian Folkways
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                                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
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                                • Mary Lou Williams – Koolbonga
                                Mary Lou WilliamsFootnotes to Jazz, Vol. 3: Jazz Rehearsal, I (1950)Smithsonian Folkways
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                                • Mary Lou Williams – Little Joe
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                                • Mary Lou Williams – Medi II
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                                Traditional Drumming and Dances of GhanaTraditional Drumming and Dances of Ghana (1976)Smithsonian Folkways
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                                • Traditional Drumming and Dances of Ghana – Kete Drumming
                                Sarah Webster FabioBoss Soul: 12 Poems by Sarah Webster Fabio (1972)Smithsonian Folkways
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                                • Sarah Webster Fabio – Work it out
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                                Super-deep ritual music from Ethiopia. Check the soundclip!
                                • Ritual Music of Ethiopia – Kammba Drum Solo (Wallano tribe) / Woyisha cow horn (Wallano tribe)
                                We Shall Overcome:Documentary of the March on Washington (1963)Smithsonian Folkways
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                                • We Shall Overcome: – We Shall Overcome!
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                                  • Folk Music Of Jamaica – Kumina "Country" Songs - 3:15
                                  Ancient Slavonic ChantsIvan Koukouzel Angeloglassny Ensemble (1994)Smithsonian Folkways
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                                  • African and Afro-American Drums – Ceremonial Drums 4:39
                                  Nancy DupreeGhetto Reality (1969)Smithsonian Folkways
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                                  Langston HughesThe Voice Of Langston HughesSmithsonian Folkways
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                                  Sarah Webster FabioTogether To The Tune Of Coltrane's Equinox (1977)Smithsonian Folkways
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                                  Langston HughesLangston Hughes' Jericho - Jim Crow (1964)Smithsonian Folkways
                                  Performance by Langston Hughes.
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