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Revisiting experiences that have determined her fate has been Susana's passion since she was young, and it's what drives her work as a dedicated folk historian and remarkable interpreter of emotion. Her efforts to preserve and share her Afro-Peruvian heritage have resulted in three albums of soulful contemplation and celebration. Her newest release chronicles her exploration of oral traditions from Africa, Haiti, France, Ireland, and Italy, in addition to her native Peru. Simple arrangements combined with Susana's distinctive voice translate the essence of each song's sentiment of love and struggle.


"Baca captures history, even as she transcends it" -- Rolling Stone

"Baca's smoky, ethereal voice has an ageless dignity, a rare authority" -- Chicago Tribune
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  • Audio CD (May 9, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Luaka Bop
  • ASIN: B000F3AJAI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,245 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Susana Baca came to international prominence doing her own thing and in so doing became synonymous with the Afro-Peruvian sound that is now recognised the world over.

"Travesias" sees her gently exploring other directions in music and indulging herself with some inspired collaborations.

With songs chosen from Italy, Spain, Brazil, Chile and Haiti to name a few, Susana Baca has nevertheless insisted on a personal connection with each and every song.

It is a cliché to say that lesser musicians 'borrow' songs but great ones 'steal' them, and that is what happens here.

"Merci bon dieu" illustrates this perfectly. The song is in fact originally from Haiti but sung by Susana Baca with her full tone, nimble pacing and taste for simple accompaniment, this could easily be from the Afro-Peruvian cannon she weaves around her.

Susana Baca is a self-confessed lefty and so it is to be expected that she is drawn ineluctably to the poetry of Pablo Neruda, from whose verse she creates the anthemic "Guillermina". The subject matter being the passing of time for a woman seems to have particular resonance for the singer.

And from the same country, Chile, Anti-fascist activist Violeta Parra's "Una copla me ha cantado" is chosen. It's a delicate song from a woman of great stength.

She makes something beautiful with the world's favourite politician Gilberto Gil on the gently funky "Estrela" -- a duet of exquisite longing and delicacy.

Landing back in Peru for the traditional Christmas tune "Palomita ingrata". An ancient song forever linked to the practice of slave owners showing off their human possessions, given a fresh poignancy by Baca's attentions.
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Travessias proves once more that Susana Baca indeed has what David Byrne set out to accomplish by bringing "The Voice Of The World" to fans and listeners. If there is anything more necessary in our world today, I don't know where to find it right now; D.B. and Yale, my buds at Luaka Bop DO know !! Their stable of thouroughbred artists like Susana Baca, Jim White and The Plus 2's, prove it. They don't need me to describe their great skill at performances. I will, however extoll their virtues to the extreme whenever I'm asked for my humble opinions! Travessias by Susana Baca is about as representative of multiculturalism as one can get. She not only brings us "Black Peru" but songs that exemplify her genius for interpretation. Susana really ought to be exposed more and more in the U.S. entertainment scene and regularly. Like I told D.B. and Yale, as inane as the talk/variety cicuit goes, their stable of talent are too missed by we who adore them. Susana Baca's Travessias is the choice for MY recommendations for what to get for your music-lover!!

Brava! Brava! Mas y mas y mas, Estimadisima Susana!, Jim, Kassin + 2, Geggy Tah, Zap Mama and especially MUITO MAIS "O Mestre Tom Ze". I wish I could have you all over for a cafezinho bica and some goiabada and of course, lots of tunes ! Man-O-Man ! You people really gotta hear Susana Baca express her loveliness in several languages too, no less ! I expect no less from any Luaka Bop venture!!! ( ALSO-check out my Irish cousin's music from "Emer Kenny", you'll be impressed and proud of her as I was / am...). Muschos Besos Y Abrazos Susana, Yo Te Amo !


Marilena-Siobhan Kenny, # 1 Luaka Bopper

Phoenix, N.Y.C., Galway, Barcelona, Sao Paulo, Curitiba and Rio de Janeiro

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