SUSANA BACA “Negra descalza” bio, photography and download.


canta SUSANA BACA compilation by David Byrne.

Susana Baca grew up in a coastal fishing village Chorrillos, a district of the Lima Province of Peru, and part of greater Lima. Her music is a mixture of traditional and contemporary. Her backing band features indigenous Peruvian instruments such as the cajón (“wooden box”, whose origins lie in an upturned fruit crate), guapeo (clay pot), and quijada (jawbone of a burro), as well as acoustic guitar and double bass. Although many of her songs are based on traditional forms such as the landó or vals, she also incorporates elements of Cuban and Brazilian music.

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.

With her husband, Bolivian Ricardo Pereyra, Baca founded the Instituto Negrocontinuo (Black Continuum Institute) in her seafront home in Chorrillos. It fosters the collection, preservation, and creation of Afro-Peruvian culture, music, and dance.
In 2002, Susana Baca won the Grammy Award for Best Folk Album, for her Lamento Negro CD. The recordings were found in Cuba and was released by Tumi Music.


1987 – Poesía y Canto Negro
1991 – Vestida de Vida, Canto Negro de las Américas!
1992 – Fuego y Agua
1997 – Susana Baca
2000 – Eco De Sombras
2001 – Lamento Negro
2002 – Espiritu Vivo
2004 – The Best Of Susana Baca
2006 – Travesias
2009 – Seis Poemas <her site

Photos from the Listen Recovery AFRO LATINOS Trip in 2008 @ Teatro Japones, San Felipe, Lima. Nov. 19th

One Response to “SUSANA BACA “Negra descalza” bio, photography and download.”

  1. Carla Walton Says:

    Discovered Susana Baca through David Byrne’s Luaka Bop record label website. Los Amigos Invisibles I found there also. Both are must-haves for any music collection.

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