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 Fusions suggest borrowing, compromise, calculation. Miguel Zenón plays who he is. Born in a tough, poor neighborhood in Santurce, Puerto Rico in a non-musical family, Zenón, 27, grew up surrounded by the sound of salsa and traditional bomba y plena, got a classical music education, discovered jazz...

Fusions suggest borrowing, compromise, calculation. Miguel Zenón plays who he is. Born in a tough, poor neighborhood in Santurce, Puerto Rico in a non-musical family, Zenón, 27, grew up surrounded by the sound of salsa and traditional bomba y plena, got a classical music education, discovered...

In his essay “The Case for Contamination,” which appeared in The New York Times Magazine in January, Ghanaian philosopher and Princeton professor Kwame Anthony Appiah addressed several issues surrounding globalization, including diversity, what he calls “cosmopolitanism” and the often paradoxical notions of  “purity” in culture. “Cultures...