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Zon del Barrio: The Barrio ZON

Aurora Flores and David Fernandez Bringing dance style classic Afro-Boricua music from the barrios, Aurora & Zon del Barrio bring its foot stomping, funk based classic salsa, plena, merengue, bomba & boogalu to the corners of the Barrios where Latinos live, work and play. Creative, musically diverse in taste while resourceful in survival, Latinos from the barrio zones have sophisticated tastes in music that is not relegated to one particular genre. Zon del Barrio emerges as one of the few orchestras to express the varied genres of Latin music from the African Diaspora and the urban streets of New York.
This group of veteran and young musicians is led by music journalist & historian, Aurora Flores with musical direction provided by David Fernandez, a multi-instrumentalist who defers to his almost encyclopedic knowledge of the classics for his creative arrangements.

Wear your dancing shoes!

Aurora & Zon del Barrio (the Barrio Zon) …
Is old school mixed with a little new school flava expressing the musical soul of the barrios in the style of Puerto Rico's most popular exponent, Cortijo y su Combo. Cortijo's band broke through the color barrier in Puerto Rico in the late '50s and Zon del Barrio is a tribute to those efforts and a celebration of Afro-Puertorican music.

Parallel to Cortijo's band for diversity, Zon del Barrio updates the folklore while mixing the music with today's urban, bilingual and bicultural lifestyle. With Spanglish lyrics, a touch of funky hip-hop, and boogalu, this group stands out because of its creative, professional and distinctive arrangements, original tunes with substantive content and diverse repertoire.

Original songs such as "Mi Bandera," are nuyorican tributes to our roots
while living in the New York present. "Revolu" talks in Spanglish about
the changing roles of men and women and the rising tide of violence
against women with a funky back beat to the folkloric Puerto Rican bomba
Reconciling the past with the hip new sounds of the present, Zon
del Barrio is East Harlem's hottest septet.

Zon del Barrio has opened for the following:

  • Victor Manuelle

  • Bobby Valentin

  • Oscar D'Leon

  • Spanish Harlem Orchestra

  • New York Knicks

  • La India

  • Oro Solido

  • Puerto Rican Power

  • Monchito Rivera

  • Sammy Ayala with Miliki’s Grupo Herencia

  • Willie Villegas y Entre Amigos

  • Papo Pepin & his Orchestra

  • Frankie Morales and his Orchestra.

  • Zon del Barrio has been joined by guest artists:

  • Yomo Toro - the King of the Cuatro

  • Angel Luis Torruellas - the King of the Plena

  • Sammy Ayala - singer/songwriter

  • Ralph Irizarry - Son Cafe, Timbalaye

  • Wilson "Chembo" Corniel - Congeuro, bandleader

  • Michael Stuart

  • Andy Montañez

  • Andrea Brachfeld

  • Jimmy Bosch

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