Friday, June 1, 2012

Friday video: Yma Sumac

Friday, June 1, 2012
Loretta reports:

I vividly remember a moment in my childhood when, at my grandparents’ house, I happened upon the record album (and it was an actual album in those days), "Voice of the Xtabay."  The picture of Yma Sumac, so utterly exotic-looking, completely enthralled me.  At some point, I got to hear the record, and that was equally astounding.  Many years later, I wondered if she and her music were as strange and wonderful as I remembered, so I bought myself a copy.  It was still strange & wonderful.

You can hear a very clear recording of "Chuncho" & other cuts from the album at a site devoted to her.

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Pauline said...

Thank you so much for this; great Friday fair. I've loved Ms. Sumac for longer than I care to state on the Interwebs. She was a truly unique talent.

Anonymous said...

I first discovered her while watching an old movie on TV many years ago. I couldn't believe what I heard coming out of her mouth. What an amazing voice she had! I immediately found and purchased her record. I still have it somewhere. Thanks for bringing back a wonderful memory for me, too!

LorettaChase said...

From a reader:
OMG !!!

Now this takes the cake!!

Thank you, Nerdy Girls.

Anonymous said...

hi every body
Since i've seen her on Secret of the Incas I was captivated by her beauty and her unusual voice and I think i will to my last day remain a fan of this extraordinary artist

Priscilla said...

I'm glad you posted this. I had completely forgotten about this singer. I do remember hearing her as a very little girl. My father had a record of her.
Very strange indeed.

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