The voice of the Andes

Yma Sumac (Zoila Emperatriz Chavarri del Castillo, 1922 - 2008) was a Peruvian soprano. She has also been called Queen of Exotica and is considered a pioneer of World music; blessed with a five-octave range, was presented by her composer/arranger Moises Vivanco as an Inca princess when she recorded Voice Of the Xtabay (1950), arranged by Les Baxter.

She had been born in the mountains near Cuzco,was discovered by Vivanco in 1947 (who was already an established composer) and married by him at 15, she debuted in Lima the same year; in 1949 the couple moved to the USA, where he successfully created a myth around the singer.

Yma Sumac - Inca Taqui

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