Pioneer Works is pleased to present two-time Grammy award winning singer-songwriter, ethnomusicologist, folklorist, and teacher Susana Baca. With a powerful, smoky, and ethereal voice and equally impressive interpretive storytelling abilities, Baca is a leading figure in the revival of the Afro-Peruvian music tradition.
Baca has contributed greatly to the international popularity of Afro-Peruvian music, particularly when she came to worldwide attention in 1995 with her rendition of “Maria Lando,” released by David Byrne on the Luaka Bop record label. With her husband, Ricardo Pereira, she founded the Instituto Negrocontinuo (Black Continuum) in Lima, which is dedicated to preserving Afro-Peruvian culture. In November 2011 she was elected to the Organization of American States (OAS) as the President of the Commission of Culture (2011-2013).
Presented in Association with World Music Institute.