“Voice of the Xtabay” Album Review

Voice of the Xtabay

Album: Voice of the Xtabay

Artist: Yma Sumac

Year: 1950

Genre: Exotica

Grade: A-

The voice of Yma Sumac is one of the most impressive musical instruments of all time, something that truly must be heard to be believed. Because of my general unfamiliarity with the culture, Sumac is as Peruvian as my palate gets. Even though the backing orchestration that accompanies her incredible vocals is Hollywood’s idea of South America, Sumac’s Incan inclinations transcend the cheesy fanfare. Her voice is ancient and timeless, and the song “Ataypura” is featured in The Big Lebowski, which is also pretty timeless. A winning combination.

Yma Sumac’s Voice of the Xtabay has received the following Colin’s Review accolades:

“Voice of the Xtabay” Album Review

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