Susana Baca

Genres: World
Decades: 1990s 2000s


30 April 1954, Chorrillos, Peru. Encouraged to pursue a musical career by her mother and father (a dancer and singer, respectively), Baca overcame childhood asthma to perform publicly as a singer and dancer while still at school. Her first group mixed the poetry and song of Peru and received grants from local arts and cultural institutes in order to fund their work. She was subsequently taken under the wing of the locally renowned singer Chubuca Granda, who made Baca her personal assistant and secured for her a recording contract. However, this agreement was withdrawn following Granda’s sudden death in 1983. Undaunted, Baca continued to explore the musical culture of her own black Peruvian community, and helped to set up the Instituto Negrocontinuo (Institute of the Black Continuum) in Lima. In the 90s a track by Baca appeared on The Soul Of Black Peru, a compilation released on David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label and in 1998 she released Susana Baca, her...

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