Susana Baca – Afrodiaspora
Susana Baca is one of Peru’s most acclaimed world musicians, who has put her eclectic brand of Afro-Peruvian music on the map.
Raised in a fishing village in Chorrillos, Lima in 1944, her mélange of Latin American sounds scoping Cuba, Argentina, Venezuela and Brazil are steeped in African rhythms that tell a story of her ancestry.
Baca describes Afrodiaspora as a celebration of the African presence in the Americas, and this album does its job of taking us on a musical journey. The album opens with “Detras de la Puerta”, what sounds like a more traditional Peruvian folk song, track three “Yana Runa” immerses us in African drums and oratory expression, and by track seven “Coco Y Forro”, we are in Brazil.
Afrodiaspora is musically rich to say the least, it is as much Spanish as it is African, and Baca’s voice is rousing, yet relatively easy listening. It is an album fans would undoubtedly appreciate, as well as those who enjoy world music of this kind.
By Fola Odumosu