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Yma Sumac
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Vocalist
    (September 10, 1922-November 1, 2008)
    Birth name is Zoila Augusta Emperatriz Chavarri del Castillo
    Resided in Los Angeles
    Albums include 'Voice of the Xtabay (1950),' 'Legend of the Jivaro (1957),' 'Fuego del Ande (1959)' and 'Miracles (1972)'
    Nickname was 'Perita'
    Her musical style is bizarre (to say the least).
    Many of her songs have no melody, and consist only of vocal squeals and shrieks over percussion.
    Her voice has been compared to the sounds of monkeys, a bull, and an earthquake.
    She lied about her age.
    She claimed to be descended from Inca royalty.
    She said that as a child, she was worshipped by mountain villagers, who called her 'the bird who became a woman.'
    Some believe Yma Sumac was just a character created by a Brooklyn housewife named Amy Camus (which is 'Yma Sumac' reversed).
    She had a five-octave vocal range.
    She was hugely popular in the 1950's, performing at the Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall.
    Her career dried up in the 1960's, and she retired to a quiet life.
    In the 1990's, she was rediscovered by young music fans seeking new sounds.
    Her music is utterly unique.

Credit: Wieland Kalligaro


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