Smithsonian Folkways

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings (SFR) is the nonprofit record label of the Smithsonian Institution dedicated to supporting cultural diversity and increased understanding among peoples through the documentation, preservation, and dissemination of sound. We believe that musical and cultural diversity contributes to the vitality and quality of life throughout the world.

Through the dissemination of audio recordings and educational materials SFR seeks to strengthen people's engagement with their own cultural heritage and to enhance their awareness and appreciation of the cultural heritage of others.

SFR mission is the legacy of Moses Asch, who founded Folkways Records in 1948 to document "people's music," spoken word, instruction, and sounds from around the world. The Smithsonian acquired Folkways from the Asch estate in 1987, and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings has continued the Folkways commitment to cultural diversity, education, increased understanding, and lively engagement with the world of sound.

Smithsonian Folkways has expanded on Asch's legacy, adding several other record labels to the collections and releasing over 300 new recordings that document and celebrate the sounds of the world around us.


Smithsonian Folkways Discography Tracks


CD SF 40430 Smithsonian Folkways - Bunggridj-Bunggridj: Wangga Songs - Northern Australia album art Alan Maralung Alan Maralung - Bunggridj-Bunggridj: Wangga Songs - Northern Australia(CD, Album) Smithsonian Folkways CD SF 40430 US 1993 Sell This Version


FAN00236 Smithsonian Folkways - The Prodigal Son album art Ry Cooder Ry Cooder - The Prodigal Son(LP, Album, 180) Fantasy, Perro Verde FAN00236 US 2018 Sell This Version