Doors at 7pm
Performance at 8pm
$30 Advance / $35 Door
Pioneer Works is pleased to present singer-songwriter, ethnomusicologist, folklorist, and teacher Susana Baca on Friday, March 17, 2017 at 8pm. Presented in association with the World Music Institute, this concert is presented as part of WMI’s Origins Series that highlight artists who delve into the folklore and roots of their culture’s music to tell the story of their origins, preserving and affirming cultural identities and legacies. With a powerful, smoky and ethereal voice and equally impressive interpretive storytelling abilities, Susana Baca is an important 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,” a heartbreaking ballad of Third World worker oppression released by David Byrne on his The Soul of Black Perucompilation released by 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 July 2011, she was named Peru’s Minister of Culture in the Ollanta Humala government, becoming the second Afro-Peruvian cabinet minister in the history of independent Peru. In November 2011, she was elected to the Organization of American States (OAS) as the President of the Commission of Culture (2011-2013)