The Latina impostor

For 18 months, I’ve been immersed in the Latin music and dance scene in Wellington.

From attending Latin Club, which until this May, was held weekly at Meow, Edward St, I connected with a huge group of Latin musicians and Latin music appreciators, including Alda Rezende, the Queen of Latin music here.

This gave me the boost I needed to start a Bossa Nova trio, which I named Impostores, for the fact none of us are from Brazil. Our performances are well received, and I have even been mistaken for Brazilian, with some saying I don’t sound “gringa”, that I sing Portuguese “without an accent”. High praise.

Early this year I was invited to play the flute with a new band, Garage Latino, who play a mix of Latin folk and pop, and I hope to build up my performance experience on woodwind. Bring on the Salsa.

In September, I sang my first gig as a member of Samba Society, Alda Rezende’s latest project, and supported by the fantastic new salsa band C26, headed by Colombian singer Anayibi Loboa.

With an amazing crowd of supportive friends and colleagues, the social side is the biggest bonus. With regular Salsa and Tango socials, the music is soaking into my soul, indeed I think perhaps part of my soul is Latino.