About Niva Flor
Huglife Wellness Studio was founded in 2015 by ethnomusicologist, vocal artist, and sound healing practitioner Niva Flor, Ph.D. as a creative intervention and rhetorical celebration of radical self-love.
Born into a Southern working class family in a leafy small town in the Jersey suburbs, Niva's earliest memories of music were at home. The guttural earthy tones of classic soul singer Gladys Knight and the virtuoso cosmic wails of Chaka Khan, were like comfort food for her soul. Their voices felt like freedom -- freedom is love. And where there is love there is healing.
Deeply inspired by the Afro diasporic musical traditions and sounds of Brazil, West Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, India and North American Blues and Soul, Niva's uses her voice and musical instruments to create a soundscape for healing, infusing the ancient with the contemporary as a mode of healing in powerful ways.
Niva Flor received her B.A. in music from Spelman College, and her M.A. and Ph.D in Ethnomusicology from the University of California Los Angeles. Niva received her certification in the Sound, Voice and the Healing Arts program at the California Institute of Integral Studies in 2016.