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Susana Baca, the voice of Peruvian folklore.

The artist is a key figure in Latin American folklore and in reviving Afro-Peruvian music.

Peruvian music has the rhythmic variation of African music; the heritage left by the Afro-descendants born in America after the conquest. The artist has adopted and continued the legacy of this important genre for the country.

To know more about Susana we have to identify her background: she was born in Lima on May 24, 1944. She is a prominent singer, composer, music researcher, and educator by profession. She becomes an important figure of Latin American folklore, being considered the best poetic singer of the present time. She has also been Minister of Culture of Peru and President of the Inter-American Committee on Culture of the OAS.

Since she was a child she was surrounded by music, being influenced by her parents, uncles, cousins, and others who sang in every corner of the house. Her passion for music has led her to be a three-time Latin Grammy winner, taking Peruvian music and folklore to great venues, giving them the necessary value, and preventing their disappearance.

Latin Grammy.

2002: For her album Lamento Negro, in the category 'Best Folk Album'. The lyrics of some songs are based on poems by Pablo Neruda and César Vallejo.

2011: Second Latin Grammy of her career for her collaboration with the Puerto Rican group Calle 13 in the song 'Latinoamérica'.

2020: She won the gramophone in the category of Best Folk Album for her album 'A capella'. This production has 17 tracks, including songs and poems, which the artist recorded during the pandemic.

As we can see, the artistic and cultural journey of this Peruvian has been quite broad and is worthy of recognition and admiration. A woman who fills us with pride not only for her awards but also for taking the folklore and history of Peru to the world through her songs and interpretations. Without a doubt, she is a 'Maestra Vida'.

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