Oct 21, 2014

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Celebrating Latinas in Music: Aurora Flores

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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!

Aurora Flores:

Bandleader, journalist, producer, music historian and activist are only a few of the many hats worn by the incredibly talented Aurora Flores today.

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

 

 

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Tanisha Love Ramirez

Tanisha Love Ramirez

Tanisha is the Managing Editor at NEW LATINA, and a social commentary and pop-culture writer/blogger from New York City. She studied Sociology and Women's Studies at Bowdoin College, where she developed a strong interest women's issues and community advocacy. Tanisha has written for the Bowdoin Orient and has interned at BUST Magazine and Jezebel.com.

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