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FMU to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with leading Salsa expert

Francis Marion University's Office of Multicultural Affairs along with the Multicultural Advisory Board will host their annual Hispanic Heritage Month program Monday, Sept. 30 at 4 p.m. in Lowrimore Auditorium. 

This year’s guest speaker is Jose Obando, the former executive director of the Salsa Museum in Harlem, New York. 

In the presentation entitled "The 350+ Year Evolution of Salsa," Obando traces the roots and development of Salsa beginning with the manufacture and use of percussion by the Africans, through the slave trade to the Caribbean colonies and into contemporary American ethno-musical culture. The African continuity of Salsa manifests itself through singing, dancing and drumming; an African method of communication to their deities.  The mandatory African call-response singing and dancing and matri-lineal percussion system is unique to Salsa and exists in no other American musical genre.

The presentation will consist of two interactive segments including the use of dance and instruments, while providing the audience with supplementary information pertinent to geography, religion, anthropology, history, urban ethnomusicology, African studies and sociology. 

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated nationally from mid-September to mid-October to recognize the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the United States and to celebrate Hispanic heritage and culture.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information about the program, contact Daphne Carter-McCants, assistant dean of students, at (843) 661-1188 or


Last Published: October 7, 2013 4:47 PM
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