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Afrodiaspora by Susana Baca
Released: Apr 2011
Label: Luaka Bop
Paying homage to the whole of the African diaspora and the musical paths it's cut across Latin America is an ambitious endeavor. But Susana Baca is up to the challenge. She's already the grande dame of Afro-Peruvian music, the rhythms and percussion of which structure Baca's shimmies into a rich range of sounds: Andean folk, flamenco, forro. And her subtle, velvety caress of a voice blends fluidly in even the strangest crowds, like the Calle 13(!)-featuring "Plena y Bomba." The only time the experiment gets a little awkward is on the jazz-blues-hip-hop hybrid "Hey Pocky Way."
Rachel Devitt
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