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100 Years Of Latin Music in New York To Be Celebrated in Flushing Town Hall
Published September 30, 2008

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Aurora Y Zon Del Barrio will perform at October 4 carnaval.

Aurora y Zon Del Barrio
Saturday,  October 4, 2008, 8 pm
Flushing Town Hall: Flushing, NY 

Tickets:  $25/$20 Members/$10 Students

Zon Del Barrio, led by band leader, historian and journalist Aurora Flores, features Latin Music legends Sammy Ayala and Yomo Toro joined by the Theatrical Dance Troupe: Danza Fiesta take you through a timeline of 100 years of Latin Music in New Yorkplaying an eclectic blend of Afro-Caribbean rhythms: from danza to plena to mambo to merengue to gurachas to bomba to boogalu and salsa. The show culminates in a Latin Carnival procession with twenty dancers interacting with the audience.

Born in Ensenada, Puerto Rico as the son of an amateur guitarist, Yomo Toro grew to have a five-decade career as one of New York City's most respected Latin musicians. Toro's instrument of choice was the cuatro, a Puerto Rican 10-string guitar-like instrument descended from the Spanish Vilhuela. He recorded the Tribute To Arsenio with the Larry Harlow's Orchestra - an incredibly influential album of Cuban music. Toro also got to hook up with some legends in 1970 when he recorded the classic Asalto Navideño with Willie Colon and Hector Lavoe, combining the new sounds of New York with traditional Puerto Rican Christmas music.
Sammy Ayala, an original member of Cortijo Y Su Combo, the first all-black orchestra to play on Puerto Rican television in the 1950's as the houseband for the Island's most popular televised variety show. The most consistent figure on Puerto Rico’s musical journey from folk to popular, Sammy Ayala, has been an integral presence from Rafael Cortijo’s Combo to Jesus Cepeda’s Grupo ABC. Currently in New York after a 30 year absence, he is part of East Harlem’s Zon Del Barrio, an energetic band where Sammy shares lead vocals with "tocayo," Sammy Rosa, that interprets the music from Puerto Rico’s golden age with a contemporary spin.

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