Celebrate the 48th anniversary of independence in Botswana by listening to this healing drum dance of the Kalahari San people. As the singing and dancing intensifies, healers build their n/um, or spiritual energy, in order to alter their consciousness, a process known as !kia. In this 11-minute recording, women sing, clap, !kia, and are accompanied by a male drummer.

Shanah Tovah! Last evening began Rosh Hashanah, or the Jewish New Year. Listen to Polish-American Cantor Abraham Brun (1909–1998) sing “Berosh Hashono,” or commonly spelled “Berosh Hashana.”

Listen here: http://ow.ly/BUYfJ

The introductions of some versions of “Berosh Hashana” have a horn call, traditionally using the shofar, a musical instrument made from a ram’s horn. As cantor at Temple Beth-el in Long Beach, New York, Abraham Brun is accompanied by an organ, which plays the horn call before the singing begins in his rendition of “Berosh Hashana.”

http://www.folkways.si.edu/abraham-brun/cantorials-for-the-high-holidays-roshashona-and-yom-kippur/holiday-judaica/music/album/smithsonian

     

Celebrate Papua New Guinea’s Independence Day by listening to the 2006 Smithsonian Folkways Anthology, “Bosavi: Rainforest Music from Papua New Guinea.” According to ethnographer Stephen Feld, many in the rainforest hear the Bosavi language spoken by local residents and birds alike. What do you hear the birds say?

"Sometimes you have to forget your principles and do what’s right" says Dave Van Ronk (1936 - 2002). So do whats right and listen to "Sportin’ Life Blues" from the 2004 collection "…and the tin pan bended and story ended…"

This week is the 193rd celebration of the declaration of independence for Central America: Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Costa Rica. In 1821 all Central American countries declared independence from Spain. In honor of Central America's independence and the beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Month, listen to “Por America del Centro (For Central America)” from the 1984 album “Grupo Raiz, Vol. 2: Por America del Centro.”

Celebrate Papua New Guinea’s Independence Day by listening to the 2006 Smithsonian Folkways Anthology, “Bosavi: Rainforest Music from Papua New Guinea.” Papua New Guinea is one of the most culturally and environmentally diverse places on the planet. There are 838 languages spoken there, and it houses 5% of the world’s biodiversity even though it has 1% of earth’s land. The interconnectedness of people with their environment has been popularized recently by American scientist, Jared Diamond. According to ethnographer Stephen Feld, many hear the Bosavi language spoken by local residents and birds alike. What do you hear the birds say in this soundscape? 

http://ow.ly/ByRil 

Monday Blues! Listen to “One for the Road” performed by La Vergne Smith from the 1954 album“Angel in the Absinthe House: Songs in the Indoor Manner by La Vergne.”

Today is the anniversary of the 1970 National Chicano Moratorium peace march in East Los Angeles, when an estimated 30,000 demonstrators from the United States, Mexico, and Puerto Rico gathered to protest the Vietnam War. To remember the Chicano Moratorium’s quest for peace and social justice, listen to Vietnam Veterano by Al Reyes from the album “Rolas de Aztlán: Songs of the Chicano Movement.”