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  • Audio CD (September 23, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000002NG6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,855 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Negra Presentuosa
2. Molino Molero
3. Heces
4. Tu Mirada Y Mi Voz
5. Zamba Malato
6. Luna Llena
7. Caras Lindas
8. Se Me Van Los Pies
9. Enciendete Candela
10. Senor De Los Milagros

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Two years ago David Byrne's Luaka Bop label released Afro-Peruvian Classics: The Soul of Black Peru, a compilation album that shone a light on the overlooked music of the descendants of African slaves on South America's West Coast. Because Peru's black communities are smaller and less self-contained than those in, say, Brazil or Cuba, the African beats are more integrated with Spanish guitar and Andean melodies. The result is a music of rippling rhythms and lilting lyricism, and no one sings it more convincingly than Susana Baca, who led off the anthology. Now she has released her first U.S. album, Susana Baca. The 10 songs, all sung in Spanish with English translations in the CD booklet, are a mix of traditional Afro-Peruvian numbers and new compositions; there's even a Cesar Vallejo poem set to music. The newer songs reflect the literary ambitions and nuanced harmonies of Latin America's "nueva cancion" movement. On Simon Diaz's "Luna Llena," Andean panpipes set up Baca's dreamy musing, "I saw a dark heron struggling in a river; that's how your heart falls in love with mine." On Tite Curet Alonso's "Caras Lindas," the "cajon," the rhythm box, creates the push-and-pull beat that propels Baca's assertion that "My black people are a parade of molasses in bloom." No matter what the song, she sings with a seductive, smoky tone that camouflages her highly disciplined control of phrasing. --Geoffrey Himes

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 3, 2001
Format: Audio CD
One of the best CDs I've bought in a long time. The grace and sophistication of Baca's voice are allowed to shine on this one. Many of her recordings have been marked by over-production or color-by-number arrangements that blunted the beauty of her voice. Not this one. Baca's voice is sexy, even more so because of the restraint she shows. Where most vocalists would cut loose with vocal aerobatics Baca teases you with simple and deliberate control. The band is clean, imaginitive and simple. Top quality arrangements don't allow the band to hide. Lesser musicians would have fallen flat. These guys offer shifts and solos that are so clean they cause you to grin.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 16, 1999
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I stumbled upon this CD while shopping at one of the major music stores in NYC. It was being played over the PA system. The music stopped me dead in my tracks! I ran and bought it on the spot. This should be listed as one of the best CDs of the year. All beautifully sung melodies by Ms. Baca harks back to a place and time when black Peruvian slaves and their descendants sang about their joys, hopes and desires to each other. Every song on ths CD will either move you to tears or make you dance the "lando." If you love afro-latino based musical traditions (salsa, samba, afro-cuban jazz, merengue, plenea or yoruban-type music) then I suggest that you make this a MUST in your CD collection! You won't regret it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S on February 1, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is, in my opinion, Susana Baca's best work, and one of my favorite recordings PERIOD. It is her best both compositionally and vocally, as well as the quality of the arrangements and the percussion section and the passion of the music. This recording has also quickly become a classic of afroperuvian music, with stunning traditional percussion backing up hauntingly beautiful melodies. You will not be disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 8, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I accidently stumbled on this cd when I checked it out at the library. I couldn't stop playing it. Haunting melodies and wonderful beats. Reading the English translations of the words was a surprise. I don't easily hand out 5 stars but this one earned every one of them.
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IF SUSANA BACA NEVER MADE ANOTHER ALBUM AFTER THIS ONE, HER PLACE IN
MUSICAL HISTORY WOULD BE ASSURED. NEVER HAVE I HEARD SUCH BEAUTIFUL,
MEANINGFUL, AND RELEVANT MUSIC! HER VOICE IS INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL, AND
HER BAND DOESN'T MISS A BEAT, THE SENSATION WAS AS IF I HAD FINALLY
RECONNECTED W/MY AFRICAN ROOTS. AND WHAT BEAUTIFUL ROOTS THEY ARE. SHE
FIRST CAME TO MY ATTENTION THROUGH LINK TV(CHANNEL 375 FOR DIRECT TV).
THEY HAD A 1 HR BIO SKETCH OF HER LIFE AND MUSIC AND TOUCHED BRIEFLY ON
THE HISTORY OF AFRO PERUVIANS. HER POETIC BEAUTY AND HER CONNECTEDNESS
TO HER HISTORY MADE ME SO PROUD OF WHO WE ARE AS A PEOPLE, TO HAVE USED
OUR MUSIC TO TRANSCEND THE BRUTAL REALITY OF OUR KIDNAPPING,
BRAINWASHING, AND ENSLAVEMENT. THIS ALBUM IS INFUSED WITH DEEP AFRICAN
SPIRITUAL MEDICINE, AND I RECOMMEND THAT YOU LISTEN TO THIS ONE WHEN THE
WORLD DENYS YOUR RIGHT TO BE (DAILY). I DONT EVEN SPEAK THE LANGUAGE AND
YET I AM TRANSPORTED BY A STRENGTH AND BEAUTY THAT I HAVE NEVER
IMAGINED! THIS ONE'S A KEEPER. SUSANA, WE LOVE YOU! YOU ARE IN OUR
PRAYERS! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!
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This is a beautiful merging of Afro Latin music with deep rich lyrics. I have seen the artist perform live and this CD captures the beauty,wisdom and sensuality of the experience.
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