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75 Years of Folkways: Emily Hilliard & Verna Gillis in Conversation

Washington DC, 22.10.23

Folklorist and writer Emily Hilliard speaks to record producer and ethnomusicologist Verna Gillis - a woman responsible for a priceless collection of recordings from the Caribbean, Africa, and Latin America released by Folkways.

Image: Verna Gillis recording in Suriname, 1977. Photo courtesy of Verna Gillis.


  • Foday Musa Suso 
    "Kelefaba" And "Kuruntu Kelefa" (Tomoraba Tuning)
  • Various
    Rebab And Sarangi (Instrum.) (Folksongs Of Kashmir)
  • Yiadom Boakye And Manhyia Tete Nwomkoro
    Adowa: Mpre (Music Of The Ashanti Of Ghana)
  • Vodun-Rada Rite For Erzulie
    Part 1 (Excerpt)
  • Women's Group Of Domenasi
    Ashanti (Traditional Women's Music From Ghana - Ewe, Fanti, Ashanti, And Dagomba)
  • Unknown Artist
    Rara: Cemetary At Bizoton (Caribbean Revels - Haitian Rara & Dominican Gaga)
  • Archie Shepp And Roswell Rudd
    We Are The Blues (Funklore), Live In New York
  • Grupo Guitarras Internacionales 
    Danza Campesina (Danza Compenina)
  • Don Cherry
    Improvisation 5 (Recorded October 1978 In Mammoth Cave Kentucky)
  • Tzotzil Harpist
    Tzotzil - Fiesta Music (Recorded By Henrietta Urchenco)
  • Youssou N'Dour 
  • Foday Musa Suso 
    "Juku Te Nte Sorola" (Sauta Tuning)
  • Three Lunsi Drummers In Accra
    Harvest Songs (Music Of The Dagomba From Ghana)
  • Unknown Artist
    Highlife (Music Of The Ashanti Of Ghana)