MOSAIIC 2013 featuring noted speaker Dr. Samuel Betances is going to be an unforgettable conference. This year s theme is centered around the growing demographics of mixed ethnicity in the USA or cultural fusion. Cultural Fusion is the mix of two or more cultures. Now apart from that there are two other different types of fusion. Geographical Fusion and Physical Fusion. A good example of geographical fusion is the city of New York. Although there are different cultural hot points (Muslim area, Asian area, Black area, etc), in total, the city as a whole represents different cultures, keeping that specific culture in full contact and not combining it with another.
Physical Fusion is actually the combination of two or more cultures. There are many restaurants that have fusion foods. Like Caribbean flavored Asian foods or Mediterranean Enchiladas. It takes both (or all) of the cultures and combines them to make something different. Hence this year s MOSAIIC theme: The Beauty and Confusion of Fusion: The Memoirs of a Mixed-up Society.
In addition to the wonderful panels, presenters, activities and awards we will be introducing a special Thursday evening MOSAIIC 3M reception featuring Motown, Merengue and Mariachi. This too shows the beautiful intersection or fusion of cultures. Motown of course is an American record company founded by Berry Gordy, Jr. in 1959 in Detroit. The name, a portmanteau of motor and town, is also a nickname for Detroit. Motown played an important role in the racial integration of popular music by achieving a crossover success. In the 1960s, Motown and its soul-based subsidiaries were the most successful proponents of what came to be known as "The Motown Sound", a style of soul music with a distinct pop influence.
Merengue was made the official music and dance of the Dominican Republic by Rafael Trujillo. In an origin's version, the dance originated from the slaves working in sugar beet fields. These slaves were connected to one another by a chain strapped to their ankles and had to walk in such a manner as to drag one leg.
And Mariachi is a form of folk music from Mexico. The roots of the Mariachi goes back hundreds of years. It was the music of country people; music that celebrated the joys, the struggles, and the triumphs of the Mexican people. The Mariachi was a version of Spanish theatrical orchestra containing violins, guitars, and a harp. Groups were small and not generally known outside of the region from which they came.
The fusion of the 3M will produce beautiful music and an evening of magic. Please spread the word! I Look forward to your presence.