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Susana Baca

Susana Baca

by Susana BacaSusana Baca


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Susana Baca's eponymously titled debut captures the plangent beauty of her voice. The accompaniment is thankfully sparse, including only a guitar and cajón (a wooden box drum). The songs are unhurried and round corners melodically, twisting and turning, always showcasing her musicality. There's nothing on the album quite like "Maria Lando," and Baca's astonishing performance that led off the Soul of Black Peru compilation of Afro-Peruvian music, but a few tracks come close. The lead tune, "Negra Presentuosa," is the strongest, beginning with the cajón, which is soon joined by the guitar, then Baca, and finally a chorus at the close. Other standouts are "Heces," "Tu Miranda y Mi Voz," and "Caras Lindas." Andean pan pipes make their appearance on "La Luna Llena," while "Se Me Van los Pies" includes ill-considered echo effects, the album's only artistic lapse.

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Product Details

Release Date: 10/21/2003
Label: Luaka Bop
UPC: 0680899002721
catalogNumber: 90027
Rank: 116342


  1. Negra Presuntuosa
  2. Molino Molero (Crushing Mill)
  3. Heces (Sediment)
  4. Tu Mirada y Mi Voz (Your Gaze and My Voice)
  5. Zamba Malató
  6. Luna Llena (Full Moon)
  7. Caras Lindas (Beautiful Faces)
  8. Se Me Van los Pies (My Feet Go)
  9. Enciéndete Candela (Light the Flame)
  10. Señor de los Milagros (Lord of Miracles)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Susana Baca   Primary Artist,Vocals
Rafael Muñoz   Guitar,Background Vocals
David Pinto   Bass
Ramón Rodríguez   Zampona
Manongo Mujica   Drums
Ramon Rodriquez   Zampona
Juan Medrano Cotito   Multi Instruments,Cajon,Quijada
Félix Casaverde   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Julio Cesar Zavala   Background Vocals
Steve Husler   Violin
Gaby Avilés   Vocals,Background Vocals
Hugo Bravo   Bongos,Conga,Multi Instruments,Clay Pot

Technical Credits

David Byrne   Executive Producer
Yale Evelev   Executive Producer
David Pinto   Arranger,Orchestration,Musical Director
Gregorio Landau   Producer
Susana Baca   Arranger,Liner Notes,Adaptation
Andres Soto   Composer
Juan Medrano Cotito   Arranger,Contributor
Cristiana Ceppas   Cover Photo
Don West   Art Direction
Saúl Cornejo   Engineer
Greg Landau   Audio Production

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