Yma Sumac

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by Yma Sumac

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Emperatriz Chavarri, 10 September 1927, Ichocan, Peru. A flamboyant singer, of striking appearance, who was the subject of a series of publicity campaigns designed to shroud her origins in mystery: was she an Inca princess, one of the chosen ‘Golden Virgins’? Or a Brooklyn housewife named Amy Camus (Yma Sumac spelt backwards)? Whatever the doubts as to her heritage, what was abundantly genuine was Sumac’s four octave range, ascending from ‘female baritone, through lyric... Read more

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exotica
female vocalists
mambo
peru
world
peruvian
lounge
latin
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