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Festival MOSAIC 2013 Artists

Festival MOSAIC 2013 was an extraordinary night of sight and sound celebrating the cultures of our MOSAIC. Now in its fourth year, the event featured music and dance representing many of the cultures that call British Columbia home.




The word, Tarab, is an Arabic musical term with no direct English equivalent. A loose translation is, "the feeling of ecstasy and surrender brought on by music."  It is precisely this feeling that we strive to attain and transmit through our performance. Tarab's music is a combination of Middle Eastern folk, film and classic songs, steeped in jazz and psychedelia. Both entrancing and danceable, the voluptuous belly dancing grooves, blistering oud, sax and drum solos bring a tasty Middle Eastern flavour.


Paul Latta Polynesian Dancers


Celebrating over 40 years of performance excellence, ‘Tavai’s Polynesia’ is an authentic Polynesian revue produced, directed, choreographed and costumed by Polynesian Dance expert Paul Tavai-Latta and features Canada's undefeated and Internationally renowned Polynesian dance champion troupe. Based in Vancouver, the dancers have been showcased in five movies, numerous television specials and in 20 international tours.


Ezra Kwizera


Ezra Kwizera is an international artist, music producer and community leader. Ezra’s music style is richly multi-cultural – a zesty yet soulful mix of Reggae, Soca, East African Bongo, and Pop. With linguistic agility, Ezra fluidly sings and raps in English, Kinyarwanda, Luganda, Zulu and Swahili. Growing up as a refugee in Uganda before moving back to his home country Rwanda after the 1994 genocide, Ezra has a powerful motivation to support Rwandans through his music to rebuild their country. His music conveys the spark of an overcomer and the passion of a community leader with a vision to inspire change in his generation. He lives in Metro Vancouver.




Indian East meets West fusion. Prakriti bridges the gap between the ancient and contemporary. With a firm grounding in Eastern and Western musical traditions, they explore the universality of rhythm and melody in a spirit of oneness. Tabla beats and Indian rhythmic syllables dance together with funky and bluesy guitar lines. Folky flute melodies and soaring vocals in Eastern and Western musical styles converse with virtuosic classical esraj improvisations that sometimes sound like a shenai (double reed north Indian oboe). Prakriti means ‘nature’ in Sanskrit.




LOUD has every potential to live up to its name. But, the Vancouver duo of Elaine Stef on electric guitar and Eileen Kage on taiko drums and percussion is more about dynamics than pedal to the metal volume. Elaine and Eileen have had much time to play with the nuances of their unique arrangement since forming in 1996. What they have seemingly perfected are instrumental compositions rich in propulsive rhythm and flights of astral guitar textures. Vancouver music fans will appreciate ‘echo and flow’ as one of the final few recordings to come out of historic Mushroom Studios before they closed the doors. 


Kalan Wi


Kalan Wi was nominated in two categories and took home the 14th Annual Native American Music Awards for Best Historical/Linguistic Recording. The Members of the group were in Niagara Falls, NY on May 10th, 2013 to accept the award. 

Kalan Wi are a roots-infused cultural group that uses the Traditional Lil’wat language and chanting styles to create their own brand of world beat music. In the Lil’wat language Kalan wi means to “listen, pay attention now.” Formed in 2007, in the Lil’wat Nation (Mt. Currie BC) Kalan Wi are Leroy Joe (vocals, guitars) Vania Stager (vocals), Russell Wallace (vocals, hand drum, keys, bass, etc.) and Richard Doucet (percussionist, back-up vocals). Leroy, Russell and Vania are Lil’wat Nation members and Richard Doucet is from New Brunswick.


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