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Smithsonian Folkways Recordings on BlackPast.org

Listed below are various Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. These albums, which are available for purchase as Audio CDs and MP3 Albums, reflect the history and culture of African America and of Global Africa. All of them were originally released on the Smithsonian Folkways Record label.

ArtistTitle sort iconYearAvailable on Amazon?
New Harmony Sisterhood Band...And Ain't I a Woman?1977Yes
Various ArtistsAfrican and Afro-American Drums1954Yes
Bilal AbdurahmanAfrican Musical Instruments1980
Various ArtistsAfro-American Music: A Demonstration Recording1970Yes
Various ArtistsAfro-Hispanic Music from Western Colombia and Ecuador1967Yes
Various ArtistsAn Introduction to Gospel Song1962
Various ArtistsAnthology of American Folk Music1997Yes
Rev. Audrey Bronson and Becky CarltonAre You Ready for Christmas?1979
Frederick Douglass Kirkpatrick, Pete Seeger, and Jeanne HumphriesBallads of Black America1972Yes
Brother John SellersBaptist Shouts and Gospel SongsYes
Various ArtistsBeen in the Storm So Long: A Collection of Spirituals, Folk Tales and Children's Games from Johns Island, SC1990Yes
Bernice Johnson Reagon Bernice Reagon; Folk Songs: The South1965Yes
Various ArtistsBlack American History in Ballad, Song & Prose1977Yes
Various Artists Black American Religious Music from Southeast Georgia1983Yes
Various Artists Black Banjo Songsters of North Carolina and Virginia1998Yes
Various ArtistsBlack Music of Two Worlds1977
Grupo de Capoeira Angola PelourinhoCapoeira Angola from Salvador, Brazil1996Yes
Various ArtistsClassic African American Gospel from Smithsonian Folkways2008Yes
Various Artists Classic African-American Ballads2006Yes
Various ArtistsClassic Sounds of New Orleans from Smithsonian Folkways2010Yes
Juanita Johnson and the Gospel TonesClimbing High Mountains1974Yes
Various Artists Creole Music of Surinam1978Yes
Guy Davis Dreams About Life1978
W.E.B. DuBoisDuBois, W.E.B., W.E.B. DuBois: A Recorded Autobiography, Interview with Moses Asch (1961)1961Yes
Edgar KendricksEdgar Hendricks Sings for the Very Young1976Yes
Elizabeth CottenElizabeth Cotten, Volume 3: When I'm Gone1979Yes
Various ArtistsF. D. Kirkpatrick Hosts the Louisiana Folk Fest1978Yes
Fisk Jubilee SingersFisk Jubilee Singers1955Yes
Charity Bailey and Robert Emmett Follow the Sunset1953
Serious BiznessFor Your Immediate Attention!1982Yes
Various ArtistsFreedom Songs: Selma, Alabama1965Yes
Elizabeth CottenFreight Train and Other North Carolina Folk Songs and Tunes1989Yes
Edgar Kendricks Getting it Together and Other Nursery Songs1974Yes
Bernice Johnson Reagon Give Your Hands to Struggle1997Yes
Various ArtistsHere I Stand: Elders' Wisdom, Children's Song1996Yes
Serious BiznessHow Many More?1985
Mahalia Jackson I Sing Because I'm Happy1992
Bilal AbdurahmanInnovative Rhythmic and Tonal Textures for Developing Creative Motor Skill Activities1976Yes
Various Artists John's Island, South Carolina: Its People and Songs1973Yes
Toshi Reagon Kindness1997
Lead BellyLead Belly Sings Folk Songs1989Yes
Lead BellyLead Belly Sings for Children1999Yes
Lead Belly Lead Belly's Last Sessions1994Yes
Lead BellyLead Belly's Legacy, Vol. 3: Early Recordings1951Yes
Various Artists Lest We Forget, Vol. 3: Sing For Freedom1980Yes
Charity BaileyMore Music Time and Stories1970
Yvonne Cheek Johnson, Betty Mosley, and Joella MosleyMoving Makes Me Magic1979Yes
Various ArtistsMusic Down Home: An Introduction to Negro Folk Music, U.S.A.1965Yes
Various ArtistsMusic from Saramaka: A Dynamic Afro-American Tradition1977
Various Artists Music from the South, Vol. 10: Been Here and Gone1960Yes
Various Artists Music from the South, Vol. 1: Country Brass Bands1955Yes
Various Artists Music from the South, Vol. 5: Song, Play, and Dance1956Yes
Various Artists Music from the South, Vol. 6: Elder Songsters, 11956Yes
Various Artists Music from the South, Vol. 7: Elder Songsters, 21956Yes
Various Artists Music from the South, Vol. 8: Young Songsters1956Yes
Various Artists Music from the South, Vol. 9: Song and Worship1956Yes
Tony SchwartzMusic in the Streets1957
Charity BaileyMusic Time with Charity Bailey1952Yes
Various ArtistsNegro Folk Music of Africa and America1951Yes
Various ArtistsNegro Folk Music of Alabama, Vol. 1: Secular Music1951Yes
Rich AmersonNegro Folk Music of Alabama, Vol. 3: Rich Amerson--11960Yes
Rich AmersonNegro Folk Music of Alabama, Vol. 4: Rich Amerson--21955Yes
Dock Reed Negro Folk Music of Alabama, Vol. 5: Spirituals1950Yes
Various ArtistsNegro Folk Music of Alabama, Vol. 6: Ring Game Songs and Others1955Yes
Various ArtistsNegro Prison Camp Worksongs1956Yes
Paul RobesonOn My Journey: Paul Robeson's Independent Recordings2007Yes
The Paschall Brothers On the Right Road Now2007Yes
Cephas and Wiggins Richmond Blues2008Yes
Various Artists Ring Games: Line Games and Play Party Songs of Alabama1953
Various Artists Roots of Black Music in America1972Yes
Various Artists Roots of Black Music in America1972Yes
Various Artists Roots of Black Music in America1972Yes
Various Artists Roots: Rhythm and Blues1966
Various ArtistsRoots: Rhythm and Blues1966
Various ArtistsSaints Paradise: Trombone Shout Bands from the United House of Prayer1999Yes
Various ArtistsSaints Paradise: Trombone Shout Bands from the United House of Prayer1999Yes
The Moving Star Hall Singers Sea Island Folk Festival: Moving Star Hall Singers and Alan Lomax1964
Various ArtistsSing For Freedom: The Story of the Civil Rights Movement Through Its Songs1990Yes
The McIntosh County ShoutersSlave Shout Songs from the Coast of Georgia1984Yes
Marian AndersonSnoopycat: The Adventures of Marian Anderson's Cat Snoopy1963
Michel LaRueSongs of the American Negro Slaves1960Yes
Bilal Abdurahman Sound, Rhythm, Rhyme and Mime for Children1971Yes
Vera Hall and Dock ReedSpirituals with Dock Reed and Vera Hall Ward1953
Frederick Douglass Kirkpatrick Square Dance with Soul1969Yes
Frederick Douglass Kirkpatrick Square Dance with Soul1969Yes
Various ArtistsStreet and Gangland Rhythms, Beats and Improvisations by Six Boys in Trouble1959Yes
Second Canaan Baptist Church Porter SingersTambourines to Glory: Gospel Songs by Langston Hughes and Jobe Huntley1958
Paul RobesonThe Collector's Paul RobesonYes
The Montgomery ExpressThe Montgomery Movement1974
Mestre Acordeon The Music of Capoeira: Mestre Acordeon1985Yes
Nadi Qamar The Nuru Taa African Musical Idiom: Played on the Mama-Likembi1975
Various ArtistsTraditional African Ritual Music of Guyana1982Yes
Various ArtistsVoices of the Civil Rights Movement: Black American Freedom Songs 1960-19661997Yes
Various Artists Wade in the Water, Vol. 1: African-American Spirituals: The Concert Tradition1994Yes
Various ArtistsWade in the Water, Vol. 2: African-American Congregational Singing1994Yes
Various Artists Wade in the Water, Vol. 3: African-American Gospel: The Pioneering Composers1994Yes
Various Artists Wade in the Water, Vol. 4: African-American Community Gospel1994Yes
Various Artists Wade in the Water: African American Sacred Music Traditions Vol. I-IV1996
Various ArtistsWe Shall Overcome: Songs of the Freedom Riders and the Sit-Ins1961Yes
Lead BellyWhere Did You Sleep Last Night: Lead Belly Legacy, Vol. 11996Yes
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