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Radio Made in Michigan
3:23 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Current State # 140 | August 9, 2013

Today on Current State:  Our live broadcast from the 2013 Great Lakes Folk Festival.  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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:23 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

GLFF acting director Lora Helou reflects on festival's impact

Great Lakes Folk Festival acting director Lora Helou has been involved with the annual event for 13 years.
Credit Courtesy Michigan State University

For 13 years, our first guest this evening has played a role in the Great Lakes Folk Festival.  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. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:23 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Local folk artist Joel Mabus talks about his music

Mid-Michigan folk artist Joel Mabus
Credit Courtesy of joelmabus.com

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.  Artist Joel Mabus is a long-time local favorite.  He stopped by the Current State tent to catch us up on his music.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:22 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

A master of metal molds an apprentice of his art

Tim Higgins (left) and Sam Pettersen are metalsmiths who've worked together for the past year through the Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program
Kevin Lavery WKAR

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.  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.  Current State’s Kevin Lavery met one pair in a small mid-Michigan town who are turning scrap into sculpture.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:22 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

A chat with local folk aficionado Bob Blackman

Bob Blackman (right) hosted "The Folk Tradition" on WKAR for nearly three decades.
Credit Peter Whorf / WKAR

Bob Blackman's name is virtually synonymous with folk music in mid-Michigan.  He's  been associated with the Great Lakes Folk Festival for many, many years.  He’s a fixture with Elderly Instruments in Lansing, a real center of folk music in this community.  Many people in our audience remember him as a part of the WKAR family.  Bob Blackman hosted “The Folk Tradition” on WKAR for nearly 30 years.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:22 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Nyaka AIDS Orphan Project raises funds for Ugandan village

Jackson Kaguri was honored in 2012 as a "CNN Hero." He's the founder of the Nyaka AIDS Orphan Project which helps children in Uganda.
Credit Jackson Kaguri

One of the vendors at the Great Lakes Folk Festival is the Nyaka AIDS Orphans project.  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.

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  in his village in Uganda.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:21 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Hmong folk singer Mai Zong Vue brings her traditional music to folk festival

Current State's Mark Bashore speaks with Hmong folk singer Mai Zong Vue about her performance at the 2013 Great Lakes Folk Festival.
Credit Peter Whorf / WKAR

Hmong folk singer Mai Zong Vue travels to the Great Lakes Folk Festival from Wisconsin.  She spoke with Current State's Mark Bashore about the music of her homeland.

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