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.
To access the recordings: http://www.
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.