Tuesday, November 4, 2008

farewell señora sumac

Sadly, I was only recently introduced to Peruvian-born diva Yma Sumac. Born as Zoila Augusta Emperatriz Chávarri del Castillo, she adopted the stage name of Yma Sumac meaning "How beautiful" in Quechua. Yma was known for her freakish vocal range of 4+ octaves and lounge style renditions of Andean folk songs. She died of colon cancer on Saturday in Silver Lake at age 86.

2 comments:

Tomatohead said...

Who knew you were an Yma Sumac fan? Amazing voice and great theater.

nn said...

I like her in the same way I like Tura Satana.