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Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

600 Maryland Ave. SW
Washington, DC 20024
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Smithsonian Folkways Recordings is the nonprofit record label of the Smithsonian Institution, the national museum of the United States. We are dedicated to supporting cultural diversity and increased understanding among peoples through the documentation, preservation, and dissemination of sound. We believe that musical and cultural diversity contributes to the vitality and quality of life throughout the world. Through the dissemination of audio recordings and educational materials we seek to strengthen people's engagement with their own cultural heritage and to enhance their awareness and appreciation of the cultural heritage of others. Our mission is the legacy of Moses Asch, who founded Folkways Records in 1948 to document “people's music,” spoken word, instruction, and sounds from around the world. The Smithsonian acquired Folkways from the Asch estate in 1987, and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings has continued the Folkways commitment to cultural diversity, education, increased understanding, and lively engagement with the world of sound.

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Last of the Better Days Ahead

Charlie Parr
published: August 07, 2021

Pete Seeger: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection

Pete Seeger
published: April 20, 2019

Jazz Fest: The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Various Artists
published: April 13, 2019

The Social Power of Music

Various Artists
published: March 30, 2019

The Sky Is Blue

Buddy Bolden
published: April 01, 2008

Mary Lou Williams Presents Black Christ of the Andes

Mary Lou Williams
published: September 12, 2004

Badenya: Manden Jaliya in New York City

published: October 09, 2002

The Original James P. Johnson: 1942-1945 piano solos

James P. Johnson
published: December 01, 2001

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