New issue of Smithsonian Folkways Magazine
To commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the end of apartheid, the newest issue of Smithsonian Folkways Magazine spotlights music of South Africa in the Smithsonian Folkways collection. Contributor Tayo Jolaosho provides a unique retrospective of anti-apartheid music, with a special focus on the 1990 Smithsonian Folklife Festival program “Musics of Struggle.” Diane Thram, the director of the International Library of African Music (ILAM), discusses the history and significance of their archival holdings, widely considered among the oldest and largest collections of African music in the world. In this issue’s “From the Field” article, Andrea Emberly and Mudzunga Junniah Davhula examine the relationship between childhood, culture, community learning, and music from the perspectives of Venda young people. Additionally, this issue features a multimedia lesson plan that draws connections between anti-apartheid songs of South Africa and music of the African American civil rights movement.