click to enlarge Mexico City's Son Rompe Pera mixes traditional marimba music with cumbia, punk, and ska. Check it out.

Ana Fuentes

Mexico City's Son Rompe Pera mixes traditional marimba music with cumbia, punk, and ska. Check it out.

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Richmond Folk Festival Announces First Artists for 2022

Includes Son Rompe Pera's punk marimba from Mexico City and a Moroccan Chaabi women's ensemble.

Posted By on Tue, Jun 7, 2022 at 11:04 AM

The Richmond Folk Festival will be back in full force this year (no jinxes here) on the weekend of Oct. 7-9, celebrating its 18th anniversary as one of Richmond's largest free music events along the riverfront downtown.

The three-day event presented by Venture Richmond Events in partnership with the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), the Virginia Folklife Program, the Center for Cultural Vibrancy, Children’s Museum, and the City of Richmond can draw around 200,000 people over the weekend. Let's hope for sweet weather.

Today, they announced the first slate of artists to perform. Looks like some great stuff already, from the sacred steel guitar of Fran Grace to the women of Bnat el Houariyat from the heart of Marrakech to Mexico City's Son Rompe Pera and its "explosive blend of traditional marimba music with cumbia, punk, and ska" (maybe our fave so far).

Now let's get to the (video) peeping.

Son Rompe Pera (Mexican marimba)

Naucalpan de Juárez, Mexico

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Fran Grace (sacred steel guitar)

Toledo, Ohio

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Bnat el Houariyat & Esraa Warda (Moroccan chaabi women’s ensemble)

Marrakech, Morocco, and New York, New York

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Sideline (bluegrass)

Raleigh, North Carolina

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Beòloach (Cape Breton)

Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

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Black Umfolosi (a cappella imbube singing)

Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

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Cedric Burnside (hill country blues)

Holly Springs, Mississippi

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Korean Performing Arts Institute of Chicago (pungmul and samulnori)

Chicago, Illinois

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