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Album Review

Susana Baca's eponymously titled debut captures the plangent beauty of her voice. The accompaniment is thankfully sparse, including only a guitar and cajón (a wooden box drum). The songs are unhurried and round corners melodically, twisting and turning, always showcasing her musicality. There's nothing on the album quite like "Maria Lando," and Baca's astonishing performance that led off the Soul of Black Peru compilation of Afro-Peruvian music, but a few tracks come close. The lead tune, "Negra Presentuosa," is the strongest, beginning with the cajón, which is soon joined by the guitar, then Baca, and finally a chorus at the close. Other standouts are "Heces," "Tu Miranda y Mi Voz," and "Caras Lindas." Andean pan pipes make their appearance on "La Luna Llena," while "Se Me Van los Pies" includes ill-considered echo effects, the album's only artistic lapse.

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Wow.

So, in response to the previous review, Susana Baca has recorded several albums since this one, and most have been published in the US through Luaka Bop records, run by David Byrne, of Talking Heads fame.

I just saw her perform last night, and I have to say that it was an amazing experience. She tours with a quartet - herself on vocals, a guy who plays Guitar and Charango (he plays an Ayacucho style Charango), a Bass player, and a Percussionist. There were no fewer than three Cajóns on the stage, and the Percussionist made a point of playing both the Cajita and the Quijada de Burro during the show. Susana made a point of recognizing Chabuca Granda at several points during the show, saying in Spanish, that they had recorded a couple of albums in Perú, one dedicated to her mother, Carmen, and one dedicated to her mother, Chabuca. Despite a lot of the material being different (she did perform "Molino Molero" and "Negra Presentuosa"), this album, of her many, may best represent the live experience.

SUSANA BACA

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MUSIC YOU'VE NEVER HEARD!!! IF SUSANA BACA NEVER MADE ANOTHER ALBUM AFTER THIS ONE, HER PLACE IN MUSICAL HISTORY WOULD BE ASSURED. NEVER HAVE I HEARD SUCH BEAUTIFUL, MEANINGFUL, AND RELEVANT MUSIC! HER VOICE IS INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL, AND HER BAND DOESNT MISS A BEAT, THE SENSATION WAS AS IF I HAD FINALLY RECONNECTED W/MY AFRICAN ROOTS. AND WHAT BEAUTIFUL ROOTS THEY ARE. SHE FIRST CAME TO MY ATTENTION THROUGH LINK TV(CHANNEL 375 FOR DIRECT TV). THEY HAD A 1 HR BIO SKETCH OF HER LIFE AND MUSIC AND TOUCHED BRIEFLY ON THE HISTORY OF AFRO PERUVIANS. HER POETIC BEAUTY AND HER CONNECTEDNESS TO HER HISTORY MADE ME SO PROUD OF WHO WE ARE AS A PEOPLE, TO HAVE USED OUR MUSIC TO TRANSCEND THE BRUTAL REALITY OF OUR KIDNAPPING, BRAINWASHING, AND ENSLAVEMENT. THIS ALBUM IS INFUSED WITH DEEP AFRICAN SPIRITUAL MEDICINE, AND I RECOMMEND THAT YOU LISTEN TO THIS ONE WHEN THE WORLD DENYS YOUR RIGHT TO BE (DAILY). I DONT EVEN SPEAK THE LANGUAGE AND YET I AM TRANSPORTED BY A STRENGTH AND BEAUTY THAT I HAVE NEVER IMAGINED! THIS ONE'S A KEEPER. SUSANA, WE LOVE YOU! YOU ARE IN OUR PRAYERS! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

i've got a feeling the first review wasn't written by a fan

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Biography

Born: April 30, 1954 in Lima, Peru

Genre: World

Years Active: '00s, '10s

With a splendid voice and equally impressive interpretive gifts, Susana Baca is a primary exponent of the Afro-Peruvian musical tradition. Baca came to world attention in 1995, when her rendition of "Maria Lando," a heartbreaking ballad of Third World worker oppression, was included on David Byrne's The Soul of Black Peru compilation. Since the Byrne compilation, she has toured the United States several times and released several albums, including an eponymously titled solo album on Byrne's Luaka...
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