The origin of the project
Aurora en el Sur Mestizo

Aurora met the musicians of el Sur Mestizo in 2016, during a trip to Chile and it was musical love at first sight. She finally found the sound she was looking for with : Sebastián Gárate on cajon and percussion instruments, Juan Pablo Escares on electric guitar and sound production, Jose Villegas on acoustic guitar, and Mario Troncoso on bass/baby bass, arrangements and artistic direction. They will be joined later by a second percussionist, Sebastian Quezada.

In 2019, Aurora brought the musicians from Chile to Paris organizing several concerts, with the purpose of the recording a covers album, marking the birth of the project Aurora en el Sur Mestizo. Together they pay tribute to Afro-Peruvian and South American music with a sound identity of their own. Aurora’s deep voice is the perfect setting for this suave and elegant mixture of folklore and jazz.

Music videos directed by Merlin Pardo

The band

Aurora Alquinta


Aurora Alquinta was born in 1975 in Argentina of Chilean parents and was nurtured in France amongst the members of her father Eduardo Gato Alquinta’s band, Los Jaivas.

Aurora made her debut at the age of 15, with Peruvian boleros and waltzes. At the age of 19 she joined her first salsa band. And in 1998 she joined the women's group that would form the famous female salsa band "Yemaya la banda". 

Meanwhile in 2000, Aurora performs in the show Sol Negro created by Juan Carlos Rodriguez (Peruvian author and poet), a tribute to the great lady of Latin American music, Chabuca Granda and to Peruvian Afro music.

In 2003, after the death of her father, Eduardo "Gato" Alquinta, she inherited the role of lead singer toured with Los Jaivas, for more than 6 months and went as far as Sydney, Australia.

Becoming a versatile musician, she performed in two musicals created by the company El Duende between 2004 and 2008, In Tempo Rubato (which included a tour in Chile in 2007), and Requiem Enchanted.

Jose Villegas


José Villegas Monsalve, born in Santiago de Chile in 1981, began his musical studies at the age of 13, studying classical guitar for 4 seasons with maestro Martín Pino, then studied composition and arrangements at the Arcis University.

He has participated in different projects covering different styles such as Andean music, Afro-Peruvian music, fusion music and music for television.

Juan Pablo Escares Cifuentes


Graduate in music, composer, guitarist, arranger and music producer with vast experience.

He has worked with artists such as : La Guacha, María Colores, Sabina Odone, Juanito Ayala y Santa Feria, Aurora Alquinta, Dani Ride, Johnny Olas, Andres Reveco, La Nueva Imperial, David DeFlores, among others.

His work moves through a variety of styles, ranging from Latin music, Reggae, Urban, Ska to RockPop, always looking for personality and artistic identity in each production.

Mario Troncoso

Bass player

Graduate in Music and Instrumentalist in Electric Bass from Universidad Arcis Santiago de Chile and participated in Composition workshops of Maestro José Miguel Candela.

As a teacher he has worked in several institutions such as Universidad Arcis, Corporación Municipal de Puente Alto (Stgo de Chile), Corporación de Desarrollo de la Reina and is also a private teacher of Electric Bass, Harmony, Piano and Functional Guitar.

As a musician he has participated in Latin American popular music and Jazz groups such as : La Vitrola Jazz, Triofisis, Conpazz ( Flamenco Jazz), Tribute to Paco de Lucia, Alberto Faraggi Grupo (Flamenco fusion), Metropolitan Salsa Orchestra, Daniel Lavalle y La tribu ( Salsa ) , Negroson Orquesta, Federico Wolf ( Uruguay), Alexis Venegas( Chile) Orquesta Cubanacan, Cumbiamé, María Chalupa ( Afro-Colombian Music), « El Enganche » (Chilean Cueca).

Thanks to his interest in Afro-Peruvian music, he is a specialist in this style, standing out in collaborations with international artists such as « Cosa Nuestra » by Maestro Tito Manrique, « Juan Cotito Medrano y La Voz del Cajón » « Sentimiento Negro del Perú » and « Familia Ballumbrosio ».
He currently directs his Latin American fusion project « ZALAGARDA Experience », and is a session bassist.

Sebastien Nicolas Garate Lara


Chilean teacher and musician, born in the city of Santiago de Chile.

He received the title of Professor of Musical Arts in 2008 (University Vicente Pérez Rosales). He has participated in various jazz, rock and Latin jazz bands, as a drummer and percussionist. He studied the Peruvian cajon with the Peruvian teachers Rafael Santa Cruz and Alfredo Valiente,

He perfected his skills through various trips. In Argentina in 2015 where he participated in the workshop « La chacarera en el ‘’ Bombo leguero ‘’ » with the Argentine master percussionist César Elmo. In 2016, in Medellin, Colombia, where he takes classes with drummer and percussionist Juan Guillermo Aguilar Bayer « Cosito », learning Colombian drums salsa percussion course. In 2018, in Havana, Cuba, to study with Afro-Cuban percussion teacher Jose Luis Quintana « Changuito ».

Currently, he participates in the musical groups « Matuzo y el trajin » with which he has an edited album « El viaje inmóvil ». He also works as a percussionist in the « Ensemble de jazz Austral » of the Catholic University of Chile, the singer Cristobal Berru and he is the percussionist of the singer Aurora Alquinta, with whom he records an album in June 2019 in Paris France.

Sebastian Quezada


Sebastian Quezada was introduced to bata drums by the great Masters of Havana Regino Jimenez Saez and Angel Bolaños. Percussionist and singer, he also teaches traditional Cuban music at the conservatory of Gennevilliers.

He is the singer of the group Rumbabierta, since 2007 he is the percussionist of Maxime Le Forestier, Julien Lourau, the jazz ensemble of Patrice Caratini...

Past concerts

15 juillet 2022 Café Club - Es Gremi (Palma de Mallorca), 13 juillet 2022 Péniche Anako (Paris 19ème), 12 juillet 2022 Péniche Le Marcounet (Paris 4ème), 10 juillet 2022 Festival La Rue est à Nous - Théâtre el Duende (Ivry sur Seine), 8 juillet 2022 Le Barbizon (Paris 13ème), 2 juillet 2022 Festival Les Guinguettes du Monde (Corbeil-Essonnes)
12 juillet 2019 Poisson Lune - Porte Dorée (Paris 12ème), 5 juillet 2019 Le Comédia (Montreuil), 3 juillet 2019 Péniche Le Marcounet, 28 juin 2019 Théâtre el Duende (Ivry sur Seine)

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Navigating between the repertoire of her childhood, family references and cultural transmissions, Aurora Alquinta carries in a more than charismatic way, an ambitious project that revisits the deep South American book song.

A powerful heart project brought to the forefront by today's musicians, with a deep respect for tradition and the great Latin American songs.To explore this musical poetry, Aurora en el Sur Mestizo has also called upon inspiring and inspired guest musicians such as Florian Pellissier, Sebastian Quezada, Esteban Ketterer, Judith Wekstein, Julien Matrot and Moises Alquinta.