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Music from around the world comes to Lake Placid

This year’s World Music Festival, to be held on Saturday, May 4, will feature workshops and a performance by Wulaba drummers (from left) Dusty Grant, James Gann and Karen Kan.

This year’s World Music Festival, to be held on Saturday, May 4, will feature workshops and a performance by Wulaba drummers (from left) Dusty Grant, James Gann and Karen Kan.

— An intermission will include food from Green Goddess Natural Market and a cash bar provided by Desperados, both of Lake Placid, and at 6:30 p.m. there will be a Kenyan marketplace complete with handmade clothes, jewelery, toys and carvings straight from Kenya.

The classes and workshops will continue, and the day will culminate in a series of performances, starting with the all-male a capella group the UVM Top Cats.

Grimmette will also give a presentation on Reason 2 Smile, and there will be performances by Wulaba and Soma Beats Drum and Dance, and Saratoga Springs-based reggae band Robanic.

“I’d like to open people’s eyes up to other cultures and get them excited about them,” Grimmette said.

It’s a lot to pack into one day, and Grimmette hopes the festival can someday become a weekend-long affair.

“I feel like when we hear about other countries, it’s typically about negative things that are occurring in those countries,” Grimmette said. “If we can positively help people learn about other cultures and countries, maybe they’ll start to make positive connections to these places in the world rather than it being all about the fighting and the violence and the things we typically hear about on the news.”

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