Smithsonian Folkways Recordings is the nonprofit record label of the Smithsonian Institution the national museum of the United States. They are dedicated to supporting cultural diversity and increased understanding among peoples through the documentation preservation and dissemination of sound. Folkways Records 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 Folkways Records seek to strengthen people s engagement with their own cultural heritage and to enhance their awareness and appreciation of the cultural heritage of others. Our 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. The Branko Krsmanovich Chorus of Yugoslavia was recorded in this performance at Carnegie Hall on November 29 1960. The chorus originated as the Academic Chorus "Obilich " founded in 1884 at Belgrade University. In 1945 the conductor for this tour Bogdan Babich began working with the group then called the Academic Chorus "Branko Krsmanovich." In 1991 the group working under the framework of the "Branko Krsmanovich" association returned to their original name "Obilich." Their eclectic mix of choral music includes Western classical music folk songs from all over the world arranged for chorus and Negro spirituals.