Zayra Pola was born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. Puerto Rican American singer and percussionist was given the birth name as Zayra Marie Ocasio Espinosa. Zayra is the granddaughter of a well known folkloric Puerto Rican guitar player Polo Ocasio and one of her professors named her ‘’Pola” in honor of her grandfather. Some of her fans have labeled her as ‘’La Reina del Timbal’’ (The queen of Timbales) since her outstanding performance in the ‘’Salsa Festival honoring a ‘’La Fania’’ in 2009 (Fania’s tribute, 2009).
Graduated with a full scholarship from Berklee College of Music located in Boston, class of 2013, Zayra Pola made it to the Dean’s List during her entire journey at Berklee. While she attended Berklee, Zayra also had the honor to record an album for Bill Whelan, a Grammy winner of Irish Music. Zayra contributed with Terri Lyne Carrington's latest album “The Mosaic 2” and with the Grammy’s winner Javier Limon; she was part of the music video of Alejandro Sanz’s “La Musica no se Toca” and she performed with re-known artist such as Luis Enrique and Larry Harlow. Zayra has had the honor to perform with several well-known artists and bands such as Gilberto Santarosa, Cheo Feliciano, Pedro Capo, Giovanny Hidalgo, Vico C, Annie Lennox among several others.
Zayra has released two singles called “No Renunciare” and “Puro Teatro”, where she shows the strength of her voice and her timbales. In 2015, Zayra received the Best Timbales Player of the Year from the New England Salsa Music Awards. In 2017, she was awarded as the Salsa Singer of the year (being the only woman in the contest to receive this award) from the Latin Boston USA Awards.
In 2016, Zayra started to produce 3NITY @Zayra Pola, the first Latin female band in the Boston area. Her band empowers female talent since the music industry has the reputation of being “dominated by men”.
Zayra Pola is currently working on producing her first Album, which is scheduled to be released in May 2021.
Zayra Pola is part of 3NITY
3NITY means 3 musical influences: Latin, American and African
3nity is a newborn female band located in Boston. “3nity” decided to come together as beautiful talent women and create the first latin female band in Boston. Our music is defined in 3 different cultures. Latin, American and African Boston based Female All-Star Band