A Holiday Gift Guide for the Smithsonian Folkways Lover in Your Life
Happy holidays, Folkways friends! Whether you'd like to plumb the depths of the 2021 releases, or take a look through our handy gift guide below, Folkways has thousands (yes, thousands!) of options for every kind of music lover.
For those in search of the complete package, we've got a selection of unique boxsets. The acclaimed Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap, released earlier this year, is the first collection of its kind, with 129 songs from the best in hip-hop history, and a stunning 300-page book of essays, photos, and designs by Cey Adams.
There's also the Grammy-winning Anthology of American Folk Music, compiled by Harry Smith in 1952 and revered by generations of listeners and musicians as one of the most influential collections in music.
Folkies will love the Pete Seeger Smithsonian Folkways Collection, which features a career-spanning tracklist of beloved and unreleased songs from the prolific singer. And last but not least, there's JAZZ: The Smithsonian Anthology, which traces the sound of jazz through its turning points, styles, and legendary innovators, featuring songs from Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, and more.
For the crate-diggers, record collectors, and audiophiles, Folkways offers many of our releases on vinyl! Pick up Joseph Spence's unearthed Bahamian folk, Ann McMillan's surreal magnetic tape soundscapes, or the joyous 1960 recordings of Tuareg Music of the Southern Sahara.
There's also classic Folkways artists like Greenwich Village legend Dave Van Ronk's Ballads, Blues, and a Spiritual and the kaleidoscopic jazz of Mary Lou Williams, as well as the perfect record for parents and families, The Bright Siders' healing and empowering A Mind of Your Own.
As a part of our commitment to keeping titles in print in perpetuity, we've got scores of CDs for you to explore, from all corners of the catalog! Try the Grammy-nominated all-women's Mariachi group, Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, the buoyant calpyso-jazz of Le Jazz Primitif, or learn about Native philosophy, nature, and spirituality through music with Pacific Northwest Medicine Songs of the Four Seasons.
You can't go wrong with Ella Jenkins' beloved, best-selling You'll Sing a Song and I'll Sing a Song or the essential Woody Guthrie Sings Folk Songs, which features Lead Belly, Sonny Terry, and others.