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Zayra Marie Ocasio Espinosa, better known as Zayra Pola, singer-songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, was born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. Her musical career has been characterized by notable achievements and innovative moments. Zayra stands out as the first female percussionist to receive a full scholarship from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, where she completed her bachelor's degree.


Throughout her career, Zayra Pola has had the privilege of collaborating with Grammy-winning artists such as Bill Whelan, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Javier Limon. Her presence on stage has enriched performances alongside prominent figures in the music industry, including Gilberto Santarosa, Luis Enrique, Larry Harlow, Cheo Feliciano, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, Cuco Peña, Pedro Capo, Vico C, Annie Lennox, Willie Nelson, and many others.


In recognition of her exceptional talent and contributions to the music world, Zayra received the "Best Timbales Player of the Year" award at the New England Salsa Music Awards in 2015. Two years later, in 2017, she was honored with the "Salsa Artist of the Year" award at the Latin Boston USA Awards.


In 2022, Zayra Pola made her debut as a salsa singer-songwriter and timbales player with her successful album "Te Va Gustar" (You'll Like It), where she was nominated for the prestigious Boston Music Awards as Best Latin Artist. This marked a new chapter in her artistic career, showcasing her versatility and creativity in both singing and percussion.


In 2023, Zayra Pola participated in the tribute to the 100 years of the King of Timbales, Tito Puente, alongside the Puerto Rico Philharmonic Orchestra, where she was named "The Queen of Timbales" by Tito Puente Jr., a recognition that Zayra carries with great responsibility. Expanding her musical prowess, Zayra participated in the Banco Popular special - PR 2023 "Salsa, Sabor y Evolución" (Salsa, Flavor, and Evolution), where she contributed to a memorable medley. Additionally, her first album "Te Va Gustar" was recognized as one of the top twenty music productions from Puerto Rico in 2023 by the National Foundation for Popular Culture. This year Zayra Pola is honored by the NYC National Puerto Rican Day as the Rising Star 2024. 


As an accomplished artist, Zayra Pola is committed to continue breaking barriers and representing female talent with excellence, making music that captivates audiences with her unique blend of skill, flavor, and dedication, leaving an indelible mark on the music world.

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