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African American Legacy Recording Series

In 2007, NMAAHC and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings began a multi-year collaboration to explore African American oral and musical traditions. The African American Legacy Series will include reissues and compilations drawn from the Folkways catalog, plus previously unreleased archival materials and new recordings of contemporary artists.

The African American Legacy Series will include blues, jazz, gospel, folk traditions, spoken word, hip hop, and more. The goal is to reach new audiences with historic recordings and capture contemporary traditions for future generations. Purchases of these recordings support the artists that created them and help fund future series.

  • A Life of Song Ella Jenkins
    African American Legacy Series: A Life of Song
    Ella Jenkins

    SFW45067 (2011) In A Life of Song, Ella Jenkins, “The First Lady of Children’s Music,” offers stories and songs that speak to her youthful years.... [Learn More]

  • Rappahannock Blues by John Jackson
    Rappahannock Blues
    John Jackson

    Rappahannock Blues John Jackson SFW40181 (2010) Raised in a large, musical farm family in Rappahannock County, Virginia, John Jackson (1924-2002) was the most important... [Learn More]