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African-American Musical Traditions--Digital Recordings & More
American Song (North America)
A history database of 50,000 songs that can be listened to online. American Song encompasses the great American musical genres including country, folk, bluegrass, Western, old time, American Indian, blues, gospel, and shape note singing.
Smithsonian Global Sound
A virtual encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions, comprised of over 35,000 tracks of music, spoken word, and natural and human-made sounds. Includes the published recordings owned by the non-profit Smithsonian Folkways Recordings label and the archival audio collections of the legendary Folkways Records, Cook, Dyer-Bennet, Fast Folk, Monitor, Paredon and other labels, as well as recordings from Africa and South Asia, and more.
Voices Remembering Slavery
The WPA audio collection includes “twenty-eight songs (or song fragments) are included in the recordings. Many of the songs are difficult to identify because folk melodies and lyrics tend to change over time. Song titles, when known or surmised, and the recordings in which they are included are noted in the Song Title List.”