Afro Peruvian diva Susana Baca performed in Buenos Aires last Friday November 28, 2008 at the legendary Ateneo Theater.
Photo Difusion via RPP
Also Susana will perform on December 3 in Cordova, in a historic show called Mujeres that includes Native singers Lila Downs (US/Mexico) and Mercedes Sosa (Argentina). A first time for the three legends performing together, honoring the International Day to Stop Violence against Women.
Susana Baca is a renowned singer with a unique style of performing the music of Black Peruvians, and she is one of most famous Peruvian artists today, worldwide. But sadly many young Peruvians don't know her art very well. Even though she lives most of the time in Peru, most of her concerts are held in Europe and the US. Last week, she performed in Lima for first time in six years (!)
These videos are of Susana Baca's concert in Buenos Aires two days ago:
Susana Baca spoke to Argentina's La Nacion newspaper a day before her concert. She announced that currently she is working on four independent productions, with a recompilation of her musical career. Also she has finished a project for David Byrne's Luaka Bop company. Susana talked about the great influence of Chabuca Granda, one of the most famous Peruvian singers and composers of Afro Peruvian or Creole music.
Among the four productions Baca has almost finished, are included one honoring Peruvian poet Javier Heraud, who died killed in the Peruvian Amazon forest when he was part of a leftist guerrilla - and it includes poems by Chabuca Granda. The second production remembers Baca's mother musical memories including music from all over Latin America. The third production is about poetry and music, where Susana gathers several musicians and records poems in her beach house in Canete, south of Lima. Finally, the fourth production -still under work- is about Bola de Nieve, the bolero Cuban singer who came to Peru when Susana's mother worked as a cook for the Cuban embassy in Lima. Ever since then Bola de Nieve has been part of her musical influences.
This is a video of Lila Downs. Here is the Mexican Native woman in her latest production: a beautiful mix of Indigenous and Hispanics Arab rhythms, titled Snake's eye.