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To call Susana Baca the “grande dame” of Latin American music would be an understatement. The three-time Latin Grammy-winning singer, composer, and poet was temporarily Peru’s Minister of Culture, President of the Cultural Commission of the Organisation of American States, and is considered an unofficial ambassador, not only of her country. Peru is famous as the cradle of the advanced Inca culture, but its ethnic diversity also includes the Afro-Peruvian population on the Pacific coast. In tireless research Susana Baca and her partner Ricardo Pereira have charted the musical richness of this Black music.

And they kept it alive, far be it from any archival dustiness, by infusing it with contemporary currents, Cuban or Brazilian facets of the Afro-Latin American music cosmos. Susana Baca’s albums on David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label were worldwide successes. She celebrates the 50th year of her career with the album Palabras urgentes, “urgent words”; dedicated to those who fight for a better world. At the age of 77, Susana Baca is once again breaking new ground – and returning to us after her debut at Glatt&Verkehrt in 2001.

With the kind support of the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs 

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