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Yma Sumac

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Yma Súmac (/ˈiːmə ˈsuːmæk/; September 13, 1922 – November 1, 2008) was a Peruvian soprano. In the 1950s, she was one of the most famous proponents of exotica music.

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  • Birth name: Zoila Augusta Emperatriz Chávarri del Castillo
  • Also known as: Yma Súmac "The Peruvian Songbird"
  • Born: September 13, 1922 Callao, Peru
  • Died: November 1, 2008 (aged 86) Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Genres: Exotica, world, mambo, lounge
  • Occupation(s): Singer
  • Years active: 1942–1997

Read more about Yma Sumac at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

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On the trail of Yma Sumac: The exotica legend came from Peru, but her career was all Hollywood
LA Times Entertainme, 2017-03-23 11:15:00
As a Peruvian kid growing up in Southern California, I'd pick through my father's record collection, between the LPs of Peruvian creole waltzes and Mexican ballads, to admire a strange album by an alluring woman dripping in jewelry, posing before an erupting volcano. The album was "Voice of the...

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