“Fiesta Global” is the second bilingual album from native Peruvian Flor Bromley. It is set for release on April 24, 2020. A Latin fusion party for kids and parents, the album is a celebration of creativity, color, Latin rhythms, and beautiful sounds. “Fiesta Global” includes musical genres from up and down the Western Hemisphere: Peruvian marinera, Mexican son jarocho, NOLA jazz, punk rock, Brazilian batacuda, Colombian cumbia, and more, all done with a breathtaking air of authenticity and cultural respect.
Flor Bromley is a bilingual recording artist, singer/songwriter, actress, storyteller and puppeteer. Originally from Lima, Perú, she graduated from La Escuela de Teatro de la Universidad Catolica with a degree in Acting and Theatre Education. Moving to New York in 2007 to live in her dream city, Flor received a scholarship to study at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, where she earned a degree in Musical Theatre Performance. Flor Bromley’s debut children’s album, “ Chiqui Music Boom,” released in 2016, is a music experience that encompasses rhythms and sounds from around the world including Peruvian festejo, Brazilian samba, Mexican mariachi, bluegrass, and rock n’ roll.
Flor Bromley recently discussed her career via an exclusive interview.
Meagan Meehan (MM): How did you initially get interested in music and how come you focus on family friendly in particular?
Flor Bromley (FB): I’ve always been singing. Since I was four, I dreamed of singing in a big concert, and I would sing in front of the mirror and a pretend mic. I fell for theatre at age twelve, and I loved the collaboration in the theatre arts, so I kept going with my love of acting and studied professionally in Peru, where I was born, and later in NYC, where I got a scholarship to do Musical Theatre. After my studies were finished, I started doing bilingual musical classes for kids, and after doing the first concert I decided that I needed to do that: Music for Families. So, I met with Laurie Berkner, who was doing a show with a theatre company I worked for (NYC Children’s Theatre Company). She was very kind to let me pick her brain about the children’s music industry, and after our meeting I was pumped up and inspired. So, I started writing for kids while being a teaching artist with different NYC companies and I created my first album Chiqui Music Boom with my favorite songs created while living in NY.
MM: How did you first break into the music industry?
FB: I didn’t go the usual way which is “gigging” in bars and night venues for an adult audience. I started right off the bat with children’s music, offering shows for families to museums and schools where I would mix storytelling, music and puppetry and then, I offered bigger family concerts with musicians (my band), and people demanded more and more. I’m very lucky to be able to do so in such a competitive city as NYC.
MM: Is it tough to mix so many musical genres together?
FB: Growing up Peruvian, I listened to so many different types of music. From my dad’s “baladas” (which are romantic songs), to my mom’s classic Peruvian Marinera, to my aunt’s ‘70s American Rock, to the public transportation radio’s merengues and salsa, etc. It was very diverse, and coming to NYC it just expanded so much more. So, it’s not hard for me because all of these genres live inside my musical brain and are part of my upbringing.
MM: How long did it take to record and complete this album?
FB: About a year overall. It started with a meeting with producer Sinuhe Padilla in the Bronx, and then proceeded to tracking the songs in his home studio, going to the recording studio, me having a baby (so we took a break while the album was mixing), and then mastering. A year of putting together this musical baby that I can’t wait to share with everybody.
MM: How do you hope to promote this release?
FB: I’m very thankful to be able to work with PR wizard Elizabeth Waldman. She was on board when I sent her the demos, and she really believes in the music and message of the album. I believe the message is what should make the album promote itself which is to show that we are all global citizens and that music connect us together.
MM: What’s your favorite thing about this album and which songs really stand out? Why?
FB: My favorite thing about this album is fluency. How all the songs flow into each other with ease even being of different genres. I think the songs that stand out are: “We Came to America,” which has a message that we all are the same and need to be treated equally no matter how or where we came from; “Bamba,” which is a traditional Mexican song that I’m proud to record it in its original Son Jarocho style, and “Lalalala,” which is a Cumbia collaboration with Latin Grammy winner 123 Andres and talks about friendship and happiness.
MM: What can people expect from your concerts?
FB: A whirlwind of energy. I was born with it, I’ve always had it, and no, I don’t drink coffee (lol). I am grateful to transmit this energy to the kids I play for and to interact with them in a way that they can feel free to express themselves and use their imagination to learn about cultures while having fun.
MM: What are your ultimate goals for the future and is there anything else that you would like to mention?
FB: I would love to win a Grammy, or Latin Grammy, or both. More than for the award itself, I think it’s a great platform to get people from all over to notice your music and to be able to reach so many more homes bringing a message of hope, unity and world citizenship. These are historical times we live in right now. I never thought I would be releasing this album titled Fiesta Global (Global Party) in the middle of a global pandemic. But the irony of things just reinforces the message of the album itself: we are all in this together, there are no barriers, this situation, this virus has affected us all. So now more than ever we need to be united, we need to embrace and use one another in the best way we can. I hope my album brings hope to the families all around the globe. I hope it gets them happy about having one another and it gives them curiosity to learn about other cultures with their families. I hope it gives them quality dancing time together and things to look forward to. We are all going to get through this and at the end I hope we celebrate in a big global party.
“Fiesta Global” will be available on all digital platforms, including iTunes, Amazon Music, Spotify, and more, and will be available in physical form at the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling and El Museo del Barrio in NYC. To learn more, visit her official website, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.