CS130809 http://wkar.org en Current State # 140 | August 9, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-140-august-9-2013 <p>Today on <a href="http://wkar.org/programs/current-state"><em>Current State:</em></a>&nbsp; Our live broadcast from the 2013 Great Lakes Folk Festival.&nbsp; We'll talk with festival acting director Lora Helou; local folk artist Joel Mabus; keeping the tradition of metalsmithing alive; a chat with folk afficiando Bob Blackman, the NYAKA AIDS Orphan Project and Hmong folk singer Mai Zong Vue.</p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 19:23:57 +0000 Current State 40663 at http://wkar.org GLFF acting director Lora Helou reflects on festival's impact http://wkar.org/post/glff-acting-director-lora-helou-reflects-festivals-impact <p>For 13 years, our first guest this evening has played a role in the Great Lakes Folk Festival. &nbsp;Today, Lora Helou is the festival's acting director, and to those of us in the media, she’s been the “go-to” person regarding this event. She offers an overview of the weekend's festivities.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 19:23:35 +0000 Current State 40661 at http://wkar.org GLFF acting director Lora Helou reflects on festival's impact Local folk artist Joel Mabus talks about his music http://wkar.org/post/local-folk-artist-joel-mabus-talks-about-his-music <p></p><p>The music schedule at the Great Lakes Folk Festival features several Michigan acts this year. They include the swing dance music of Paulette Brockington of Highland Park and the Cuban/Caribbean music of Tumbao Bravo out of Ann Arbor.&nbsp; Artist Joel Mabus is a long-time local favorite.&nbsp; He stopped by the <a href="http://wkar.org/program/current-state"><em>Current State</em></a> tent to catch us up on his music.</p><p></p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 19:23:10 +0000 Current State 40660 at http://wkar.org Local folk artist Joel Mabus talks about his music A master of metal molds an apprentice of his art http://wkar.org/post/master-metal-molds-apprentice-his-art <p>Among the dozens of people plying their crafts here at the Great Lakes Folk Festival weekend are members of the Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program. &nbsp;For 26 years, the Michigan State University Museum has supported master artists and their apprentices who keep our state’s artistic traditions alive. There are nine master and apprentice teams at this year’s festival.&nbsp; <a href="http://wkar.org/programs/current-state"><em>Current State’s </em></a>Kevin Lavery met one pair in a small mid-Michigan town who are turning scrap into sculpture.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 19:22:47 +0000 Current State 40659 at http://wkar.org A master of metal molds an apprentice of his art A chat with local folk aficionado Bob Blackman http://wkar.org/post/chat-local-folk-aficionado-bob-blackman <p></p><p>Bob Blackman's name is virtually synonymous with folk music in mid-Michigan.&nbsp; He's&nbsp; been associated with the Great Lakes Folk Festival for many, many years. &nbsp;He’s a fixture with Elderly Instruments in Lansing, a real center of folk music in this community.&nbsp; Many people in our audience remember him as a part of the WKAR family.&nbsp; Bob Blackman hosted “The Folk Tradition” on WKAR for nearly 30 years.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 19:22:24 +0000 Current State 40658 at http://wkar.org A chat with local folk aficionado Bob Blackman Nyaka AIDS Orphan Project raises funds for Ugandan village http://wkar.org/post/nyaka-aids-orphan-project-raises-funds-ugandan-village <p>One of the vendors at the Great Lakes Folk Festival is the Nyaka AIDS Orphans project.&nbsp; The organization offers paper-bead necklaces and traditional baskets from Uganda. The artists who created them are grandmothers in Nyaka who use the income to support the families affected by the disease.</p><p>Jackson Kaguri is the founder of the Nyaka AIDS Orphans project. He was a CNN Hero last year, was featured in Time Magazine in 2010, and is the author of the book, “The Price of Stones,” about building a school for AIDS orphans &nbsp;in his village in Uganda.</p><p></p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 19:22:00 +0000 Current State 40657 at http://wkar.org Nyaka AIDS Orphan Project raises funds for Ugandan village Hmong folk singer Mai Zong Vue brings her traditional music to folk festival http://wkar.org/post/hmong-folk-singer-mai-zong-vue-brings-her-traditional-music-folk-festival <p></p><p>Hmong folk singer Mai Zong Vue travels to the Great Lakes Folk Festival from Wisconsin.&nbsp; She spoke with <a href="http://wkar.org/programs/current-state"><em>Current State's</em></a> Mark Bashore about the music of her homeland.</p><p></p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 19:21:37 +0000 Current State 40656 at http://wkar.org Hmong folk singer Mai Zong Vue brings her traditional music to folk festival