Peruvian soprano Yma Sumac (Zoila Chavarri), blessed with a five-octave range, was presented by her composer/arranger Moises Vivanco as an Inca princess when she recorded Voice Of the Xtabay (1950), arranged by Les Baxter.
She had been born in the mountains near Cuzco. Discovered by Vivanco (who was
already an established composer) and married by him at 15, she debuted in Lima
in 1947. In 1949 the couple moved to the USA, where he successfully created
a myth around the singer. He composed most of the music, despite the fact
that it was marketed as authentic Inca music.
She tried a comeback with a rock band on Miracles (1971 - Omni, 2011).
She died in 2008.
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