11:00 Ye Ning Feng Ye Ning Feng is a Classical Folksinger from HangZhou, China. She will introduce Chinese culture through singing Chinese Folk songs. Ye Ning is also a competition winning singer, having won numerous awards, including the Golden Prize on China’s Television Singing Competitions. In 2009, she made it to the third round on the Americas Got Talent Show. Her talents have been showcased on Chinese radio and television broadcasts as well as at numerous Asian cultural events and activities in New England, and now in North Carolina.
12:00 Nordic Lights Nordic Lights plays traditional folk music from Sweden, Norway and Finland. The program includes music for Scandinavian social dances such as waltz, Hambo, mazurka, polka, schottische and snoa -- as well as a selection of polskas from several Nordic regions.
1:00 Voces Venezolanas Voces Venezolanas is a group of talented artists who gather as a group to interpret traditional Venezuelan music with their voices and musical instruments. Although these artists perform a wide variety of music styles on their own, they come together as a group to play popular music, including many of the best known Venezuelan compositions of all time.
3:00 Lost Nomads The Lost Nomads are a Middle Eastern music ensemble playing traditional and modern music from Turkey, Armenia, Macedonia, and beyond. They have played at a number of venues around central North Carolina including museums, haflas, and festivals. Their music is also featured on the bellydance instructional DVDs "Foundations of Raqs Sharqi: Technique and Isolations for Belly Dance Level 1" and "Fabulous FanveilZZ Volume 2".
5:00 Zansa The music of Zansa (a Nouchi slang word from the Ivory Coast meaning combination, or blend) is an amalgamation of African folk songs and traditional rhythms with modern afropop and zouglou styles. Rooted in the West African drumming tradition, Zansa’s sound utilizes drumset, percussion, guitars, and violin. The product presents a modern approach that lends familiarity to foreign sounds. The result is an original take on the authentic sounds of West Africa.
Zansa is led by 33rd generation djembe player Adama Dembele, whose musical career began in the late ’90s when he started drum and dance group Djembeso in his homeland of the Ivory Coast. He adapted traditional songs and rhythms, eventually melding them into his own style. After moving to Asheville, NC, in 2005, Dembele has continued to develop and expand his sound, singing in multiple languages- French, Baoule, Bamara, and English. Zansa is currently in the studio working on their debut album.