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Agustin Lira ‘Songs of Struggle and Hope’Download
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Rahim AlHaj - ‘Letters From Iraq’

Release date: 4.7.17

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About Smithsonian Folkways Latin ‘Tradiciones’ Series

Smithsonian Folkways' Curator and Director Emeritus Daniel Sheehy picks the most important tracks from the 45-album, 500+-song collection in the label's Latin Music 'Tradiciones' Series. 

"The guiding idea behind choosing the recordings for the Tradiciones/Traditions series is that each album should follow the curatorial principle of 'great music and a great story,'" says Sheehy. "By 'great music' I mean that each should represent a high level of performance in terms of the culture of origin. It should be top level mariachi music, Colombian plains harp playing, Guatemalan marimba, and so forth. By 'great story' means that each music represented should be more than music; it should have special meaning for the cultural group it represents, as a symbol of identity, as a means to unify a people, as an agent of social struggle."

Sheehy continues, "The series represents only some of the most visible and significant of Latino roots musics, but it is by means not comprehensive. There are dozens and dozens more traditions of Latino music in the United States and the rest of the hemisphere. Agustin Lira struggles for the rights, economic justice, and dignity of farm workers in Calfornia, La India Canela sets an example for women playing Dominican merengue, and Jose-Luis Orozco advocates for bilingual education during a time of demographic change in the U.S. The Kotama flute players of Ecuador look to keep their culture alive and vibrant through their music and the rituals it is part of. "



Tradiciones/Traditions Playlist / listen here:

1. "El suchil" (The Marigold) - 'Tradició n, Arte y Pasió n'(track 1)

2. "Quihubo, Raza" (What's Happening, People) - 'Songs of Struggle and Hope by Agustín Lira'(track 1)

3. "Simon, Simon (Gaita de Tambora) - '¡Canta con Venzuela! Sing with Venezuela'(track 4)

4. "Estoy aquí" (I Am Here) - 'Imaginaries,' Quetzal (track 3)

5. "Marina" - 'Borders y Bailes' (track 1)

6. "Pájara campana" (The Bell Bird) - 'Maiteí América: Harps of Paraguay'(track 9)

7. "La cueca de los poetas" - '¡Que Viva el Canto! Songs of Chile' (track 1)

8. "Matilde Lina" - '¡Ayombe! The Heart of Colobia's Mú sica Vallenata (track 12)

9. "Chica" - 'La India Canela: Merengue Típico from the Dominican Republic' (track 10)

10. "Chichicastenango" - 'Chapinlandia: Marimba Music from Guatemala' (track 1)

11. "Tierra querida" - 'Bandera Mía: Songs of Argentina' (track 1)

12. "Carmelina" - 'Para Todos Ustedes' (track 12)

13. "Seis por derecho" - 'Sí, Soy Llanero: Joropo Music from the Orinoco Plains of Colombia' 

14. "A mi dulce amada" - 'Jíbaro Hasta el Hueso: Mountain Music of Puerto Rico' (track 1)

15. "La bamba" - 'La Bamba: Sones Jarochos from Veracruz' (track 1)

16. "Fuego de cumbia" - 'Un Fuego de Sangre Pura: Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto from Colombia' (track 1)

17. "El canario" - '¡Y Que Viva Venezuela! Maestros del Joropo Oriental' (track 1)

18. "Mi tierra" - 'A Tribute to Gonzalo Asencio, 'Tío Tom'' (track 1)

19. "La salvadoreña" - ¡Soy Salvadoreño! Chanchona Music from Eastern El Salvador' (track 2)



About the 'Tradiciones' (Traditions) Series:

The Smithsonian Folkways Recordings Latino Music Initiative proudly offers a series of new releases that showcase the diverse musical heritage of the more than 50 million Latinos living in the USA. Building on the Smithsonian archives' nearly 200 historic albums of music from Latin America and Latino USA, the new releases highlight musical traditions that further broaden the cultural representation of the national museum's collection. Smithsonian Folkways Recordings reaffirms its non-profit mission by offering greater access to the musical heritage of Latinos from many backgrounds.

About Smithsonian Folkways:

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings is the nonprofit record label of the Smithsonian Institution, the national museum of the United States. As part of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, we are dedicated to supporting cultural diversity and increased understanding among people through the documentation, preservation, and dissemination of sound.

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. Smithsonian Folkways has continued to expand on Asch's legacy, adding several other record labels to the collections, such as Cook, Monitor, and the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music, and releasing over 400 new recordings that document and celebrate the sounds of the world around us. With the acquisition of Arhoolie Records, the collection consists of more than 3,500 albums and 50,000 tracks along with videos, playlists, podcasts, lesson plans for teachers, and Smithsonian Folkways Magazine.

NOTE: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings retail distribution in the US is through ADA (Alternative Distribution Alliance) at 800.239.3232. Smithsonian Folkways Recordings releases are available through record and book outlets. Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, as well as Folkways Records, A.R.C.E., Arhoolie, Banjo Builders, Blue Ridge Institute, Cook, Collector, Dyer-Bennet, Fast Folk, I.L.A.M., The Mickey Hart Collection, Monitor, M.O.R.E., Paredon, and UNESCO are available via mail order at 888.FOLKWAYS or 800.410.9815. Visit the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings website at or write to 600 Maryland Ave. SW, Suite 2001, Washington, DC, 20024.



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