UNESCO Traditional Music Collection

UNESCO Traditional Music Collection

UNESCO Traditional Music Collection

UNESCO Traditional Music Collection

In celebration of the Smithsonian’s acquisition and issuance of the UNESCO  Traditional Music Collection, the Intangible Cultural Heritage Initiative and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings held a reception in the Castle Commons last month.

Originally published between 1961 and 2003 but until now out of print, it is comprised of more than 125 albums of music recordings from more than seventy nations, the UNESCO Traditional Music Collection offers an impressive diversity of the world’s musical heritage and stands as one of the earliest achievements of UNESCO’s program for safeguarding and revitalizing intangible cultural heritage.

UNESCO Folk Music Album

UNESCO Folk Music Album

The entire collection, including many previously unreleased recordings, will be published by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings in both digital and physical formats.
The December event was held in conjunction with the worldwide celebrations that mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the UNESCO
UNESCO 70

UNESCO 70

 

To access the recordings: http://www.folkways.si.edu/unesco

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings is the nonprofit record label of the Smithsonian Institution, the national museum of the United States. We are dedicated to supporting cultural diversity and increased understanding among peoples through the documentation, preservation, and dissemination of sound. We believe that musical and cultural diversity contributes to the vitality and quality of life throughout the world.

Through the dissemination of audio recordings and educational materials the organization seeks to strengthen people’s engagement with their own cultural heritage and to enhance their awareness and appreciation of the cultural heritage of others. Smithsonian Folkways is part of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.


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