Ugandan Group Among 25 Performances at 6th Annual Culturefest

Kinobe & Soul Beat Africa of Uganda come to Pipestem, WV as the sixth annual Culturefest World Music & Arts Festival rolls into town September 10-13 at The Appalachian South Folklife Center. Kinobe and 25 other music and dance performances from around the world and right here in Charleston will be featured along with workshops, children’s activities, drum circles, healing arts, artisan vendors, camping and much more.


Organizer Lori McKinney of LLyniuM entertainment says that this year’s event features its best lineup of performers and vendors to date. “The quality of performances and workshops has exceeded my expectations, and we hope that everyone in the area will take advantage of this extraordinary cultural experience,” she said. The weekend’s workshops will include Latin/Salsa dance, hand drumming, hoop dancing, yoga and belly dance. Children’s activities will be led by Melissa McKinney of Stages Music School in Princeton, and families can expect a colorful array of creative activities to choose from including a costume parade on Saturday afternoon.

The lineup of performers includes the legendary Nat Reese, WV Blues Man and recent WV Music Hall of Fame inductee along with Alliens of Floyd, VA (Latin/World Fusion), Bare Bones of Charleston (A Capella/ Gospel/Folk), Dawn Drake & Zapote of NYC (Latin/Afrobeat), Electric Junkyard Gamelan of NYC (Experimental/Fusion), Option 22 of Princeton (World Beat/Progressive Folk), Shakira Al Fanninah & Firelight of Columbus, OH (Mid-Eastern Dance), Rhythm Fire Dance of Floyd, VA (Fire Dance), The Weathered Road of Pittsburgh, PA (Americana/Folk), Voodoo Katz of Charleston (Jungle), Comparsa of Charleston (Latin), Captain Lazerblast Band of Princeton (Techno-Folk), Melissa McKinney of Princeton (Blues), The Clementines of Charleston (nouveaux Folk), Briddy & The Buzz of Princeton (Alternative)(Fork-Ups-A-Tea of Lewisburg, WV (Folk Rock/Indie/Americana), Funk Punch of Roanoke, VA (Rock/Funk), Big Phat Delicious of Princeton (Jazz/Funk), Miss Behavin’ of Princeton (Rock), Treasure Maple of Princeton (Lyrical/Folk), Pseudo-Ethnic Salad of Princeton (World Fusion), The Liberty High School World Percussion Ensemble our of Raleigh County and more.

New in ‘09 is an Open Mic feature on Thursday evening to kick off the event. Festival attendees may sign up for a 20 minute set and be featured on stage that night.

Weekend passes are $30; this price includes all four days’ activities and camping. Day passes may be purchased for $15. Tickets may be purchased at or at he gate. For more information visit or call 304-425-6425.