Woodsongs: Youssra El Hawary & Hiroya Tsukamoto
On this Special Event Broadcast of WoodSongs, we’ll be honoring one of
the most important legacy’s in all of recorded music… Smithsonian
Folkways in celebration of their 70th anniversary.
As Michael Johnathon notes, “Smithsonian Folkways is the musical
treasure box of America's roots music. It is Pete Seeger and Woody
Guthrie, Lead Belly and Big Bill Broonzy. It's what WoodSongs aspires to
be. Our show was even based on Pete's old TV series Rainbow Quest. It's
like WoodSongs is coming full circle as we present the great work of
Smithsonian Folkways to a world wide audience.”
Appearing on the broadcast will be three incredible Folkways artists that
continue the tradition that Moses Asch, who founded Folkways Records in
1948 to document the "people's music”, carry forward. Artists appearing
on the broadcast include: Dom Flemons co-founding member of the
GRAMMY-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, Grenadian-Canadian songwriter and
tradition bearer Kaia Kater and Iraqi-American oud player Rahim AlHaj.
Folkways’ Huib Schippers, (Curator and Director) and Jeff Place (Curator
and Senior Archivist) will join Michael to share the label’s mission,
story and cultural heritage with WoodSongs’ global audience.