This piece introduces Hawa Moore, a Liberian singer and songmaker, and her children, recent immigrants to Philadelphia. Ms. Moore talks about her background as a singer, in a “royal” family in Liberia, telling how her music was encouraged by her father, discouraged by missionaries, how difficult it is to perform here, and how she tries to teach her children. She and her children sing two songs.
In the summer of 2019, the Philadelphia Folklore Project commenced work with the Indonesian community, concentrated in South Philadelphia, around the practice of traditional music and dance through the Gamelan Angklung Workshop taught by Tom Whitman. The project is in partnership with Modero & Company (Philadelphia-based Indonesian dance ensemble).