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Latin and Afro-Colombian Artist Erica Parra

Latin and Afro-Colombian Artist Erica "Kika" Parra

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Erica “Kika” Parra is a Latin and Afro-Colombian percussionist, drummer, education, and teaching artist born in New York City and raised in New Jersey. Related to Catalino Parra, one of the first members of the legendary musical dynasty Los Gaiteros de Sam Jacinto, her connection to traditional music of Colombia’s Atlantic coast runs deep. In the 1970’s, her father Oscar Parra was one of the pioneers of Afro-Colombian traditional music in Barranquilla, and with his guidance she started to play percussion at the age of thirteen. Parra later studied with Moris Cañate, her musical mentor and Rebolu bandmate, then enrolled at the Boys & Girls Harbor Conservatory in New York, where she studied and performed with both the Colombian and Latin Jazz ensembles under the direction of Pablo Mayor and Louis Bauzo, respectively. A graduate of Berklee College of Music with a B.M. in Music Education, Parra has since worked and collaborated with Folk Colombia, Center for Traditional Music and Dance, Folklore Urbano, Gregorio Uribe Big Band, La Cumbiamba Eneye, Mestizo Dance Company, Toto La Momposina, Maria Mulata, Ruben Rodriguez, Miss Yaya and C&C Music Factory. As a current drummer with Rebolu, Parra has performed at festivals and events such as the Montreux Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center Outdoors, Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Kimmel Center, SXSW, Mundial Montreal, Carnaval de Barranquilla, and at the Library of Congress. Parra is an active teaching artist and performer. She is currently teaching at Avenues: The World School and Union City Music and Dance Academy. She was also one of the recording musicians for Disney’s movie “Encanto,” inspired in Colombia. Parra La Gente is a new project co-founded by Erica “Kika” Parra and Eric Parra.