Yma Sumac

Yma Sumac ( born September 10, 1922 in Ichocán, Peru, † November 1, 2008 in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, California; Quechua Ima Inkaterra: "How beautiful ", also Imma Sumack or Ima Sumack, real name Zoila Augusta Emperatriz Chavarri del Castillo ) was a Peruvian singer.

Life and work

Yma Sumac was with her voice a range of four and a half, covering as many as six octaves at a young age, that is, that they could intone songs perfectly deep alto notes up to high Pfeifstimmen notes. As a folk singer of the Andes, she was discovered in her home. Yma Sumac studied in Lima and went to live in Peru and on the radio, as well as with the dance group Compania Peruana de Arte Moisés Vivanco, whom she married in 1942. In 1943, she took in Argentina South American folklore, in 1946 with a smaller ensemble, as the Inca Taky Trio, with her husband on guitar and her cousin Cholita Rivero as a contra - alto. 1954 Yma Sumac had a role in the feature film The Secret of the Incas ( "Secret of the Incas " ), in 1956 in the movie " Storm over Persia " (OT: Omar Khayyam ). 1992 turned the German television the documentary " Hollywood's Inca Princess " on Yma Sumac. 1998 their music was part of a feature film by the Coen brothers, The Big Lebowski and the Cirque du Soleil show Quidam. In May 2006, Yma Sumac, the Order El Sol del Perú was awarded. The same year, her song " Xtabay " soundtrack of the German film " The Austrian method" was.