World Music at our Premiere Event

We had some great performers during the World Music session at our Premier Event! Thanks to all the participants for making it a great event and for the wonderful attentive audience!

Songs of Love and Peace in 3 languages with Daniel Cribb. The first one is Karen song and the title is “Bah Ma Nuu Khoe” (Why). The second one is Burmese and the title is “Min Ko Chit Yin” (If I Love You). The last song is “Imagine” by John Lennon.

Bhutanese Nepali Folk Song 1. Thank you to the musicians, including Tek, Shyam, Santa, Dil, and Tila and to the beautiful dancers too, Dorna and Guyatri!

Bhutanese Nepali Women’s Dance. The musicians invited their mothers up on stage for a “Mom’s Dance.”

Shyam San Rai Nepali Dance.

Bhutanese Nepali Folk Dance party.
Thank you, Santa Rai and “Bhutanese-Nepali Folk” Friends!!!

Asian Folk Hour

Saturday, September 15th was the first Asian Folk Hour of the Utica Music and Arts Festival sponsored by Starting Over, Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees, SUNYIT and UNSPOKEN Human Rights Festival. It was the first event of Starting Over and our goal was to introduce the project, and ultimately, to bring the people of Utica and the local refugee community closer together.

Asian Folk Hour featured two prominent Utica refugee groups, the Burmese and Bhutanese Nepali.

First up were the Bhutanese Nepali and we started with a young girl danced to a modern Nepali love song.


Then we had a group of Bhutanese Nepali musician and singers on stage. The Bhutanese Nepali women quickly joined them for some traditional dancing!

The Karen Burmese took the stage next, coordinated by our friend Daniel of the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees.

There were two dancers and a musician who entertained the crowd with Burmese culture.

The Asian Folk Hour went by too quick, and soon we had to wrap things up. Our performers had a great time showcasing their talents and many Utica residents came up to us to say how appreciative they were of the chance to experience the culture!

Thanks so much to everyone who volunteered and coordinated this event.