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Susana Baca: Palabras Urgentes review - a sumptuous celebration

23 days ago   |   By The Guardian

In her 50th year in the business, the great Peruvian singer looks forward and back with equal aplomb Andean pipes aside, Peru has several musical guises; noisy, loping cumbia, twanging Amazonian chicha, and the earthier tones of Afro-Peruvian music, rooted in the slavery of the coast's sugar fields. First as a musicologist and writer, later as a singer, Susana Baca has led an Afro-Peruvian revival, boosted internationally by David Byrne's Luaka Bop label. Now 77, she is a national institution. Palabras Urgentes - Urgent Truths - celebrates her 50th anniversary as a singer in winning style...
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