Miami-Dade Folklife Survey

Miami-Dade Folklife Survey

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(49:23, 45.2MB; S1576 T86-56, T86-66, T86-67, T86-76, T86-78, T86-72, T86-77, T86-101, C86-5, T86-83, T86-11)

Many of the recordings found in the collection are the result of fieldwork conducted by folklorists.

Transcript of the Introduction

Welcome back to the Florida Folklife Collection Podcast series from the Florida Department of State’ s State Library and Archives of Florida. Many of the recordings found in the collection are the result of fieldwork conducted by folklorists. As part of their research, the Florida Folklife Program selects and surveys a particular region or tradition. Their findings are extensively documented through field notes, sound recordings, photographs and video. This podcast contains a sampling of recordings from the Miami-Dade region as found in the Dade Folk Arts Survey.

The Dade Folk Arts Survey was conducted from 1985-1986 by folklorists Tina Bucuvalas, Nancy Nusz and Laurie Sommers with the goal of finding folk artists to bring to the 34th annual Florida Folk Festival.  While Latin American, Haitian and Jewish cultures were most prominently represented, the survey also covered a wide range of traditions, including shoe rag popping, Middle Eastern music, Jamaican stories and dance, and Irish fiddling.

Let’s start with some of the Haitian artists recorded during the survey.  We’ll hear from a Nyabinghi drumming group, Rasta Samba Gynin, and songwriter Kiki Wainwright.
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Next, we’ll examine just a few of the diverse Latin American music traditions found in Miami. Manolo Franco, Hilda Gonzalez and Nelson Zuleto demonstrate how Salsa music can be performed on the harp with their original composition, “El Harpa in Juanchito.” Mariachi Jalisco, representing the Mexican Mariachi tradition, offers a version of “Caminos de Michoacan.”   Cuban charanga group Illusion 60 livens things up with a merengue, and we round things out with another excellent harp player, Jesus Rodriguez, performing “El Carnaval.”
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Many traditions from Jewish culture, including music, foodways, needlework and storytelling were documented during the survey. For this podcast we selected an excerpt from a performance by Jewish vaudevillians Harry and Lil Kalikow, as well as Klezmer music by clarinetist Jaime Bronsztein, accompanied by pianist Bracha Schlein.
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To further showcase Miami’s international diversity, we’ll hear some Saudi Arabian music from the Middle Eastern Ensemble, as heard at the Our Lady of Lebanon Church.

Last but not least, Dade County is also rich in down-home American roots music, and we conclude the podcast with blues harmonica player Samuel “Birdnest” Young performing the tune that earned him his nickname. We hope you’ ve enjoyed the variety of traditions captured in the Dade Folk Arts Survey, and look forward to sharing more fieldwork from the Florida Folklife Collection in the future. Thanks for listening.