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Homegrown Plus: Contemporary traditional music from Zimbabwe with Mokoomba

In the Homegrown Plus series, we present Homegrown concerts that also had accompanying oral history interviews, placing both together in an easy-to-find blog post. (Find the whole series here!) We’re continuing the series with Mokoomba, a six-piece band that hails from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Band members Mathias Muzaza, Trustworth Samende, Abundance Mutori, Donald Moyo, Ndaba Coster […]

Homegrown Plus: Alash Ensemble Performs the Music of Tuva

In the Homegrown Plus series, we present Homegrown concerts that also had accompanying oral history interviews, placing both together in an easy-to-find blog post. (Find the whole series here!) We’re continuing the series with a concert and oral history with the Alash Ensemble The Alash Ensemble are masters of techniques for singing multiple pitches at […]

Collection Spotlight: “Be Loyal”: the Exemplary Service of Michel Marcos

The following is a guest post by Digital Conversion Specialist Matt McCrady. Born and raised in Lebanon, and immigrating to America in the late 1980s, Michel Marcos fought in two wars under the banners of two different countries. In his interview for the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress, his philosophy of service […]

New at AFC: Photography from the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

The American Folklife Center (AFC) is excited to be featuring “Working on the Waterfront,” a documentary display of photographs created by the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center (NBFHC) in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The display, which is located in Room LJ-G53 on the ground floor of the Library of Congress’s Thomas Jefferson Building, is open to […]

Homegrown Plus: Grupo Rebolú’s Afro-Colombian Music

In the Homegrown Plus series, we present Homegrown concerts that also had accompanying oral history interviews, placing both together in an easy-to-find blog post. (Find the whole series here!) We’re continuing the series with a concert and oral history with Grupo Rebolú. Grupo Rebolú is an Afro-Colombian musical ensemble that includes some of the finest Colombian […]

2019 Summer interns are here!

Here at the AFC we are proud and excited to welcome a new round of summer interns! Two of them are supported through the American Folklife Center Internship Fund, made possible with a generous gift from the late Peter Bartis, while the third comes to us through a program at Utah State University. Our connection […]

Folklife at the International Level: Roots of Intangible Cultural Heritage Part VII, Treasures

In Part VI, we examined UNESCO’s 1972 World Heritage Convention and some of its underlying notions and approaches that have influenced the development of UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) framework of today. In particular, I singled out its use of listing – namely, the World Heritage List – as a mechanism for preservation by drawing […]

D-Day Journeys: A Sneak Peek Behind the (Map) Scenes

June 6, 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the Allies’ famed invasion of the beaches of Normandy. In honor of this momentous occasion, the Veterans History Project (VHP) is publishing a special series of blog posts revealing hidden facets of D-Day illuminated within VHP’s collections. This post, a guest post by Library Technician Sam […]