Latinas in Music
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month NEW LATINA will feature five amazing of Latinas of the past and present, each week. We are proud to kick off our Hispanic Heritage Month series with the fabulous voices, faces and minds of Latin music!
Flores started her career as a music journalist, becoming the first Latina editor at Latin New York Magazine in 1974, and the becoming the first ever female correspondent for Billboard Magazine from 1976-1978. Though she spent much of her early career writing about music, Flores was a trained violinist, guitarist and studied the bass with Frederic Zimmerman. Flores now leads her own Latin music band, Aurora y Zon del Barrio.
In an interview with “En La Encena” a passionate Flores says of her band, “I wanted a band that would reflect the music from Latin New York, where I grew up. When I grew up I was listening to the Cuban music, the Puerto Rican music, the Dominican music; the hot tropical music that makes us move. That [the music] teaches us our history, even if we want to listen or not. But it brings with it all these thousands of years of culture.”
Flores’s band has opened for the Spanish Harlem Orchestra and La India. Flores continues to write news and music. She has even contributed bilingual music to the popular children’s television show, Dora, the Explorer. Today, Flores continues to play with Zon del Barrio, conduct cultural tours of East Harlem and educate others about the history of Latin music.
For more information about Aurora Flores and Zon del Barrio visit: Aurora y Zon del Barrio