Mittwoch, 2. März 2011
Yma Sumac - The Inca Princess
Yma Sumac, the Queen of Exotica, was born on the tenth of September 1922 in the peruvian city Ichocán. Her birthname was Zoila Augusta Emperatriz Chavarri del Castillo. In 1946 she moved to USA and founded the "Inca Taky Trio". The group was short-lived and stayed largely out of success.
Later she was signed for Capitol Records and met Les Baxter. He helped her to become the icon that we know today. She had a breakthrough with the album "Voice of the Xtabay", which she has recorded with Les Baxter. Other legendary recordings were: "Legend Of The Sun Virgin", "Mambo!", "Legend Of The Jivaro" and "Fuego Del Ande". She had a vocal range of four and a half octaves, when she was younger she was able to sing six octaves!
She was also known for her appearance in the movie "Secret of the Incas" alongside Charlton Heston.
The Coen Brothers had used a title from Yma Sumac for "Big Lebowski". She died on first of November 2008 in Los Angeles.
"The Peruvian Songbird" left a magical artistic work and a life full of alleged mysterious.