Revered Afro-Peruvian vocalist Susana Baca presents her latest album Afrodiaspora as part of Instituto Familiar de la Raza’s Hope and Healing Concert Series.
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Susana Baca is one of the leading voices in today’s World Music and a key figure in the revival of Afro-Peruvian music within Peru. Her songs are poetic (with lyrics composed by some of Latin America’s premier poets, with whom she collaborates), rich with evocative imagery, and her voice is delicate yet soulful. She has an elegant and engaging stage presence, gliding gracefully about the stage while singing. Her delivery is so deeply felt and emotion-filled as to project a spiritual character, even in songs that are not expressly religious in subject matter. In 2002, Susana Baca won the Latin Grammy Award for Best Folk Album, for her Lamento Negro CD besides a nomination for the Grammy as “Best World Music Album”.
Afrodiaspora finds the Grammy Award-winning Afro-Peruvian vocalist exploring the pervasive African influence upon Latin American music and culture. This album is a milestone effort in Baca’s distinguished body of work, which already encompasses more than a dozen beloved albums. Interviews and photos are available upon request.
Baca has long been a crucial force in raising awareness and appreciation of Afro-Peruvian music and culture, both within Peru and internationally. Baca’s deeply evocative lyrics and emotion-charged singing first gained widespread attention in America in 1995, when she was featured on the Luaka Bop compilation CD, The Soul of Black Peru. In the years since, she has remained an influential exponent of her home country’s musical traditions, performing concerts around the world and releasing a series of acclaimed recordings.
The music of Afrodiaspora reflects Susana Baca’s adventurous poetic spirit, offering a deeply expressive mix of African and Latin American influences, framed by the artist’s distinct Afro-Peruvian perspective. “This record is our celebration of the African presence in the Americas and the way it has become a part of Latin America,” Baca says of Afrodiaspora. “The culture, the music and our whole selves are all about the mixture of Spanish, Indian and African cultures. Afrodiaspora celebrates the experience of people that have underwent an incredible journey, where only the strong survived.”
“Ms. Baca, with her cool, distinct voice, as beautiful as any working in pop, has the strength to create her own tradition.”
“Baca captures history, even as she transcends it.” -Rolling Stone
“The focus, as it should be, is on the Afro-Peruvian singer’s stunning voice: She sings with an extraordinarily smooth tone, touched with an almost subliminal rasp, and phrases with such grace and precision you immediately know you’re listening to a master.” -Salon.com
“Baca’s smoky, ethereal voice has an ageless dignity, a rare authority.” -Chicago Tribune
About Instituto Familiar de la Raza:
For the past 30 years, IFR has been providing a variety of programs and services to address the social service needs of the Chicano/Latino community in the San Francisco Bay Area. With a staff of over 75 bilingual/multicultural individuals serving more than 4,000 community members, IFR established the first mental health center for Chicano/Latinos in the Bay Area.