July 11, 2011 |
In this village that still bears the name of the old Santa Barbara sugar plantation, Susana Baca is trudging through a field of sweet potatoes. Not 48 hours earlier, the internationally acclaimed diva of Afro-Peruvian music returned from Paris, the last stop in her latest world tour. But on this day, she is visiting her mother's tumbledown hometown, a neglected part of Peru that is the cradle of its multiethnic history, where the descendants of black slaves and Chinese and Japanese field hands have lived together for generations, intermarried and even now continue to work the land.
May 25, 2006 |
IN the middle of singer Susana Baca's sophisticated set of Afro-Peruvian music Tuesday at the Conga Room, a male fan gave a rowdy shout from the dance floor: "¡Que viva el Peru!" His unruly tone burst through the well-behaved crowd as a reminder of the poor-man's roots of this bluesy music, cultivated by the descendants of slaves in the black barrios of Lima, like the one where Baca was raised.
March 5, 2000 |
For years, fans of quality Latin American popular music have been awaiting the arrival of an artist who could join the legends of the genre--somebody able to make a resonant artistic statement as Agustin Lara, Silvio Rodriguez and Mercedes Sosa did in decades past. A new name can finally be added to that select list: Susana Baca.
September 27, 1997 |
The expectations were high for Peruvian singer Susana Baca's Los Angeles debut Thursday at LunaPark. Critically praised during a brief tour of New York and Miami in 1995, her appearance here supported her first U.S. solo album, "Susana Baca" on Luaka Bop Records. And she delivered on all counts. A slender, smiling woman with a sweet voice and an innate rhythmic strength, she sang a program devoted mostly to songs from the album, backed by a four-piece ensemble. Some numbers were familiar.
April 25, 2002
* Badly Drawn Boy, "About a Boy," soundtrack, ARTISTdirect Records/XL Recordings. Englishman Damon Gough recaptures the understated charm and gentle insights of his debut album in these nine songs and assorted instrumental passages.
July 10, 2000 |
Singer Susana Baca has a three-part persona: mature mistress, nurturing mother and good-humored sister. Her dark eyes sparkle with warmth and zest, her sensuous dancing can conjure a thousand spirits, and her voice, hot and pure, could heal the most defeated of souls. This middle-aged Peruvian puts to shame the ubiquitous pop starlets who base their careers on glamorous magazine covers and carefully lit videos.