Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, María Terrero migrated to the US in 1972. A resident of Harlem for the most part she has been working as a cultural activist/performer of Afro-Dominican traditional music and dance in particular and Afro-Caribbean in general since 1987. She is also an early childhood/educator through art and culture.
Starting off as dancer/ back up vocalist with the Afro-Dominican music ensemble AsaDifé in 1990, Ms Terrero was among the founding members of the music ensemble La 21 División, and later on joined the all-female Dominican/Puerto Rican vocal/musical ensemble Yaya. In 2007 with partner Pedro Raposo Ms Terrero embarked on continuing the work of La 21 División after the band's founder/director Boni Raposo passed away. The band later became KumbaCarey where Ms Terrero is Co-Director and Vocalist.
Ms Terrero has participated in various panels with the Interfaith Center of New York, the Caribbean Cultural Center, Dr. Martha Moreno-Vega and the New York City community of researchers and performers of African-based traditions through the Americas. Last November Ms Terrero was a panelist at 6th Biennial Conference of ASWAD at the University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA) with the Roundtable on Women and Afro-Ibero-American Roots Music.