Magos Herrera Receives Master of Latin Music Award from Berklee

By 
Sophie Maricq
June 12, 2015

New York-based Mexican jazz singer Magos Herrera received Berklee's Master of Latin Music Award during a recent concert at Boston’s Paramount Theatre organized by the Mexican Consulate in Boston, Berklee, and Emerson College.

Herrera was given the award in recognition of her contribution to the development and exposure of Latin American and her original music in a contemporary context around the world. JazzTimes called her "the Cassandra Wilson of Latin America" and "the best jazz singer out of Mexico.” She is known for her beguiling rhythmic scatting and deeply captivating singing. Herrera is an accomplished singer-songwriter who is extremely popular throughout Mexico and Latin America. Her career highlights include releasing eight acclaimed albums; collaborating with artists such as Lionel Loueke, Javier Limón, Aaron Goldberg, and Tim Ries; and hosting TV and radio programs. Herrera is also a spokesperson for the UN campaign UNITE to stop violence against women.

Berklee has been recognizing the achievements of the music industry's most influential figures since the early 1970s, when Duke Ellington received Berklee's first honorary doctor of music degree.

In 2013, the college launched its Master Musician Awards, a new effort to celebrate the work of musicians through a series of specialized awards. The artists earned these honors not only by making great music, but by demonstrating the importance of following one's personal vision and leading new generations of musicians into the future. Other recipients include Wayne Shorter, Antonio Serrano, Pepe Habichuela, and Jim Ed Norman.

For more information about the awards, visit berklee.edu/awards/music-masters-awards.