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Obo Add playing drums
"On behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts, it is with great sadness that I acknowledge the passing of 1996 NEA National Heritage Fellow Obo Addy. Born in Ghana, Addy was an extraordinary drummer, equally adept at performing in traditional and contemporary styles...
Washington, D.C. – At its heart, the folk and traditional arts are rooted in the cultural practices of a particular community, whether it's Texas's Tejano music, the boatbuilding traditions of coastal Massachusetts, or the gospel music of Tidewater Virginia. On Thursday, October...
Mozell Benson
"On behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts, it is with great sadness that I acknowledge the passing of quilter Mozell Benson, recipient of a 2001 NEA National Heritage Fellowship. One only needs to look at the extraordinary quilts that Mozell produced during her...
Washington, DC — "Basketmaking for me is about innovation and creativity within the context of a traditional art form," said basketmaker and 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellow Molly Neptune Parker. The same words apply to all recipients of the 2012 NEA National...
Photo courtesy of the NEA "On behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts, it is with great sadness that I acknowledge the passing of Doc Watson, recipient of both an NEA National Heritage Fellowship and National Medal of Arts. With his distinct flat-picking style of...
"On behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts, it is with great sadness that I acknowledge the passing of Polish-American musician and bandleader Eddie Blazonczyk. Blazonczyk not only innovated a new sound for polka that melded several traditional styles, but his...
Chuck Brown
“On behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts, it is with great sadness that I acknowledge the passing of 2005 NEA National Heritage Fellow and musical innovator Chuck Brown. The 'Godfather of Go-Go,' Brown is one of the few musicians to create a new genre of...
"On behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts, it is with great sadness that I acknowledge the passing of Irish-American flautist and 1991 NEA National Heritage Fellow Jack Coen. A gifted musician dedicated to bringing the music of Ireland to audiences in the United...
 Earl Scruggs
"On behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts, it is with great sadness that I acknowledge the passing of bluegrass banjo player and NEA National Heritage Fellow Earl Scruggs. Scruggs' development of the three-finger style of banjo picking brought the instrument...
Joe Thompson
"On behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts, it is with great sadness that I acknowledge the passing of 2007 NEA National Heritage Fellow Joe Thompson. Joe played fiddle music in his home community in the Piedmont region of North Carolina for more than 80 years. Most...

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