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GREENSBORO — A young local gospel artist and two other musicians have joined the roster of performers at the NC Folk Festival.

Caleb Serrano will perform at the free outdoor multicultural festival, which will be held September 9-11 in the city center.

Caleb, Colombian musician Kiko Villamizar and Venezuelan harpist Larry Bellorín were among the three artists announced August 8 in a festival press release.

“Each of these performers shares elements of their cultural or religious identity through music and exemplifies the kinds of diverse creative expressions and traditions that we seek to honor and celebrate each year on our stages,” said Amy Grossmann, President and General Manager of the Festival. , said in the press release.

The three join 15 other musical and dance artists previously announced for the festival, a three-day event featuring bands representing a wide range of cultural traditions from around the world on multiple stages.

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Festival-goers will find non-stop music and dance performances, regional and ethnic foods, crafts, a designer market and festival merchandise.

Caleb, now 10, started his gospel career when a video of him singing at a religious event went viral on social media.

He has made numerous appearances on several television shows and networks, including Steve Harvey’s “Little Big Shots”, Harry Connick Jr.’s “Harry” show and the TCT network’s “The 700 Club”.

He has shared the stage and toured with some of today’s biggest gospel stars and legends, including Kirk Franklin, Shirley Caesar, Travis Greene, Pastor John P. Kee and Tamela Mann.

His main goal is to continue to share his gift and the Gospel of Christ through song and praise wherever he goes.

Villamizar was born in Miami to Colombian parents and spent his childhood between his hometown and a small coffee farm owned by family members on the outskirts of Medellin, Colombia.

As a young adult, he studied jazz and traveled as a street performer across the United States before settling permanently in Austin, Texas. He immersed himself in the performance and promotion of traditional Colombian music with particular emphasis on the Afro-Caribbean roots of cumbia – rhythmic music and dance with roots in Colombia.

Today, Villamizar is an educator and performer who has dedicated his life to promoting traditional Colombian music mixed with contemporary sounds.

Community partner and collaborator Texas Folklife assisted the festival with the presentation of Villamizar.

Bellorín, who now lives in North Carolina, grew up in Punta de Mata in the state of Monagas, Venezuela.

His first instrument was the four-stringed cuatro, a guitar-like instrument with Spanish roots that is central to Venezuelan identity.

After meeting the internationally renowned Venezuelan harpist, Urbino Ruiz, Bellorín began studying the llanera harp – an instrument and playing style originating in northern South America.

Bellorín’s career accompanying musical luminaries in Venezuela was cut short in 2012 with civil and social unrest in his home country. He moved his family to the United States, seeking work and political asylum.

Bellorín has established his presence throughout North Carolina as a solo performer and through his musical partnership with famed NC musician Joe Troop of Che Apalache.

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