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Susana Baca

With a splendid voice and equally impressive interpretive gifts, Susana Baca is a primary exponent of the Afro-Peruvian musical tradition. Baca came to world attention in 1995, when her rendition of "Maria Lando," a heartbreaking ballad of Third World worker oppression, was included on David Byrne's The Soul of Black Peru compilation. Since the Byrne compilation, she has toured the United States several times and released several albums, including an eponymously titled solo album on Byrne's Luaka Bop label; a disc, Del Fuego y del Agua, for Tonga Productions; 2002's Espíritu Vivo, and 2006's Travesías. Baca is particularly interested in reinterpreting old Afro-Peruvian melodies. At her best, Baca conveys an unforgettable, haunting melancholy, the lament of a people separated from their homeland by a continent and an ocean.

Baca was born in the black coastal barrio of Chorrillos, outside Lima, where descendants of slaves have lived since the days of the Spanish Empire. Her family was interested in music; her father played the guitar, while her mother was a dancer, and she grew up listening to Cuban musicians like Pérez Prado and Beny Moré. Baca's singing first came to public attention when she was a student. She formed an experimental group combining poetry and song, and started performing after receiving grants from Peru's Institute of Modern Art and the National Institute of Peruvian Culture. She attracted the attention of the composer and singer Chabuca Granda, who became her mentor. Granda encouraged Baca to record, but a 1983 record deal fell apart upon Granda's death. Baca then turned her attention to researching the Afro-Peruvian tradition. With her husband she founded the Instituto Negrocontinuo (Black Continuum) in Lima, which is dedicated to preserving Afro-Peruvian culture. She released a new EP, Seis Poemas, in 2009, following it with the full-length Afrodiaspora in 2011. ~ Spencer Harrington, Rovi
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love Susana
Now I understand why that's from the soul. What a amazing woman.
Love her!
bvrosas
Absolutely Love her!!
afrikanzion
This beautiful woman I had the pleasure of being introduced to her incredible music while in Oaxaca, Mexico. Another beautiful and powerful singer is Lila Downs. These two woman are ambassadors of love, justice, human rights, and the power of music to inspire and transform.
They have my absolute respect.
WOW, this is truly music that you feel!
absolutely a joy to listen to.
Soulful and sophisticate d music, up there with Cesaria Evora.
tdcw1
she is even more soulful in person...a joy to both watch and listen to
spesante
fabulous, inspirationa l , brings tears to my eyes...I just love this music!
Susana Baca's songs are songs of unquenchable dignity.
Yeah Miko. and when you mix the African 6/8 rhythm with the Celtic 6/8 you get Afro Celt Sound System. Try this musical video:
http://www.y o u t u b e . c o m / w a t c h ? v = 8 d D y 9 c l k D f 8
christina.pa l a f o x
wow Sra Baca que vos! Que mysteriosa-h a u n t i n g melodies...
Dios te bendiga Susana Baca y a tu musica tambien.
wilberchavez
www.pyp-us.o r g
wilberchavez
Awesome!
also notice how all the afro-peruvia n music is all in 6/8 instead of 4/4? Very african feel, it is amazing how these people could preserve our culture thru slavery and not allow it to become diluted with too much european and indian influences.
well all vocabulary lessons aside, this woman is amazing; as a black american, i can identify with the pain of her people caused by slavery and the melancholy feel of the music is definitely haunting. At the same time, it gives me a feel that the afro-peruvia n s have gone through way more suffering than their american counterpart. They use mule-jawbone s as maracas and wooden fruit boxes (cajones) because african instruments were outlawed during slavery and punishable by death. Very deep music
She is the epitome of taste and feel. Fantastic!!
Ya've gotta love a music review that can use the word "eponymously " ; not only is Pandora a great source of music, but you get vocab lessons at the same time.

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