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Monthly column on the arts

One of today's buzz-words in art is 'fusion' - the bringing together of two or more very different traditions to create something that draws from both but is neither. In music, jazz and classical music have often formed alliances - the use of the sitar has been popular with composers ranging from classical composer John Mayer to the Beatles.

David Porter

Dance often draws upon very diverse national styles, British Black writers have fused their home culture with Britain's to create a distinctive new genre, and in popular dance music 'British Asian' is a technical term for a movement that draws from both sources.