Yma Súmac (1922-2008), was a Peruvian singer with one of the most spectacular
ranges and styles ever heard (an amazing four-octave range). She mixed
Hollywood pizzazz with indigenous Incan songs splendidly. Yma Sumac, from Ima Shumaq, Quechua for "beautiful flower" or "how beautiful!", was born in Cajamarca, Peru as Zoila Augusta Emperatriz Chavarri del Castillo. Sumac was said to have been a descendant of Inca kings, an Incan princess that was one of the Golden Virgins
On May 6, 2006, Sumac flew to Lima, where she was presented the Orden del Sol award by Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo and the Jorge Basadre medal by the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos. She was also presented with the Key to the City of Lima on May 15th.
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Jorge Bravo de Rueda (September 13, 1895 - November 22, 1940), was a Peruvian pianist and composer. He was born in Chancay, Peru. Inspired by the huaynos of Andean music, he composed the internationally popular tune for guitar and pan flutes "Vírgenes del Sol" possibly the second best-known Peruvian song worldwide after "El Cóndor Pasa." Source: Wikipedia, Jorge Bravo de Rueda.
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The Ultimate Yma Sumac Collection
Release Date: 01/11/2000
The veil of mystery surrounding her and the operatic beauty of her voice made Yma a phenomenon in the '50s-and again during the '90s exotica revival. Here are 21 of her best: Xtaby; Suray Surita; Taki Rari; La Molina; Bo Mambo; Kuyawa; Wimoweh , and more including unissued tracks!
Singer with an amazing four-octave range, Yma Sumac was said to have been a descendant of Inca kings, an Incan princess that was one of the Golden Virgins. Her offbeat styling became a phenomenon of early-'50s pop music.