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Folk Tales from West Africa
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produced by Harold Courlander, 1908-1996 (Folkways Records, 1951), 24 mins
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produced by Harold Courlander, 1908-1996 (Folkways Records, 1951), 24 mins
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The Four Musicians of Bremen and The Golden Treasure
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(Folkways Records, 1980), 30 mins

A rooster, dog, cat and donkey aspire to become musicians in the first of these entertaining stories, which is based on a Grimm fairy tale. Each animal is characterized by one or more instruments; for example, when the dog howls, we hear a French horn, and cellos and bass indicate barking. The N.Y. State Symphonia...

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(Folkways Records, 1980), 30 mins
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Ghana: Children at Play: Children's Songs and Games
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(Folkways Records, 1954), 47 mins
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It's Story Telling Time
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(Folkways Records, 1983), 47 mins

Linda Goss, award-winning "Traveling Storyteller," gathers kids around her for stories about a mischievous monkey who’s ready to start some trouble with a mango, a buzzard who tricks everyone on the mountain (except for the monkey) and a food fight between Brother Bear, Brother Fox and Brother Rabbit. Along thi...

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(Folkways Records, 1983), 47 mins
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Posheen, Posheen, Posho
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performed by John Jacob Niles, 1892-1980; in John Jacob Niles Sings Folk Songs (Folkways Records, 1964), 1 min
Born in Jefferson County, Kentucky in 1892, John Jacob Niles was one of the most prolific private collectors of Anglo-American folk songs. His work predates Cecil Sharp's by nearly a decade, and this record—a reissue of Niles' 78rpm discs—celebrates his achievements.
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performed by John Jacob Niles, 1892-1980; in John Jacob Niles Sings Folk Songs (Folkways Records, 1964), 1 min
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Joseph and His Brothers: From In the Beginning by Sholem Asch
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written by Shalom Asch, 1880-1957 (Folkways Records, 1955), 37 mins
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Brother Hawk, Brother Buzzard and Brother Rabbit
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produced by Charles Edward Smith, 1904-1970; performed by Richard (Rich) Amerson; in Music Down Home: An Introduction to Negro Folk Music, U.S.A. (Folkways Records, 1965), 2 mins

This 1965 recording traces the evolution of African American folk music from the South.The oral tradition of folk music in the African American community has demonstrated a perseverence through the eras of slavery and segregation while embracing and influencing American popular music through songs, lyrics and perf...

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produced by Charles Edward Smith, 1904-1970; performed by Richard (Rich) Amerson; in Music Down Home: An Introduction to Negro Folk Music, U.S.A. (Folkways Records, 1965), 2 mins
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A Story about the Child of a Polygamist:  Cisilili cacipali
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produced by Raymond J. Apthorpe and John Blacking, 1928-1990; in Music from Petauke of Northern Rhodesia, Vol. 1 (Folkways Records, 1962), 3 mins

From beer songs to work songs and lullabies—and much in between—here is music from the Nsenga people of Petauke, in what is now called Zambia. Renowned ethnomusicologist John Blacking collected these recordings and contributed to the liner notes with anthropologist Raymond Thorpe, who writes about Nsenga history...

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produced by Raymond J. Apthorpe and John Blacking, 1928-1990; in Music from Petauke of Northern Rhodesia, Vol. 1 (Folkways Records, 1962), 3 mins
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Roll Over
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performed by Ethel Raim, fl. 1977, The Harvesters; in Pastures of Plenty and Other Songs (Folkways Records, 1961), 1 min
The Harvesters, a semi-professional group whose members hail from New York, recorded this album during a singing holiday in California in 1959. Here, they sing songs in Yiddish, Hebrew, and Spanish, as well as beloved favorites like Woody Guthrie's "This Land is My Land" and "Pastures of Plenty."
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performed by Ethel Raim, fl. 1977, The Harvesters; in Pastures of Plenty and Other Songs (Folkways Records, 1961), 1 min
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Pretty Betty Martin
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performed by Art Rosenbaum, 1938- and Jean Ritchie, 1922-2015; in Precious Memories (Folkways Records, 1962), 2 mins
Today, it's hard to imagine songs like "Rosewood Casket" or "Bury Me Beneath the Willow" as new-fangled pop songs, "hillbilly music" adored by the young and controversial to everyone else. Famed ballad singer Jean Ritchie shares some of the popular songs that caught her fancy as a youth.
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performed by Art Rosenbaum, 1938- and Jean Ritchie, 1922-2015; in Precious Memories (Folkways Records, 1962), 2 mins
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