She reportedly made $25,000 a week in Las Vegas. [14] After this date, Moises and Yma toured South America and Mexico as a group of fourteen musicians called Imma Sumack and the Conjunto Folklorico Peruana. In 1949, Yma gave birth to their only child Carlos. Along with Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, Diane di Prima helped change the course of 20th century literature. Her parents were Sixto Chávarri and Emilia del Castillo. She recorded a new German "techno" dance record, "Mambo ConFusion". The group was unable to attain any success; their participation in South American Music Festival in Carnegie Hall was reviewed positively.

Eddie Hassell, known for his roles in the NBC show ‘Surface’ and the film “The Kids Are All Right,” has died after a shooting in Texas, police said. “She is five singers in one,” boasted her then-husband Moises Vivanco, a composer-arranger, in a 1951 interview with the Associated Press. The story was good for her. [12], Sumac first appeared on radio in 1942. She lives in Los Angeles and has been contemplating new releases of recordings of her most recent concerts. [2] She was the youngest of six children. From an early age she performed in radio and movies and made recordings throughout South America. In the early 1990s, she toured in Europe and continued to perform until 1997.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times. In 1992, she declined to appear in a documentary for German television entitled Yma Sumac – Hollywoods Inkaprinzessin (Yma Sumac – Hollywood's Inca Princess). In Argentina in 1943, Sumac and Vivanco’s group recorded a series of Peruvian folk songs. After joining Vivanco’s large group of native singers, dancers and musicians, she made her radio debut in 1942; she and Vivanco were married the same year. Sumac, who was divorced from and remarried to Vivanco in the late ‘50s and divorced from him again in 1965, is survived by their son, Charles, who lives in Europe, and three sisters, who live in Peru. Official Sites. Known for her astonishing 4 1/2 octave vocal range, Yma Sumac (AKA Ima or Imma Sumack) is from Ichocán, Peru, a town high in the Andes. An urban legend that she is really "Amy Camus," a nice Jewish girl from Brooklyn, originated in 1951 with a joke among musicians repeated in one of Walter Winchell's gossip columns. She performed in concert from time to time during the 1970s in Peru and later in New York at the Chateau Madrid and Town Hall. Malibu, Hollywood Bowl, Recording Studio, Residence (90 photos by Peter Stackpole), "Yma Sumac--1987 TV Interview, Linda Dano, Nancy Glass", "Yma Sumac Receives Highest Peruvian Honor", "Peruvian-Born Singer Yma Sumac Dies At 86", "Here Are Hundreds More Artists Whose Tapes Were Destroyed in the UMG Fire", "Yma Sumac – Peruvian-born singer marketed in the US as an Inca princess", "On the trail of Yma Sumac: the exotica legend comes from Peru but her career was all Hollywood", Yma Sumac, August 8, 1950. She was 86. Herb Adderley, Hall of Fame cornerback for Cowboys and Packers, dies at 81. Your music is something. "Gopher Mambo" was used in an act of the Cirque Du Soleil show Quidam and in an iPhone commercial in 2020.

[2][7] (A typical trained singer has a range of about three octaves. It’s out of this world.’ ”. In 1959, she performed Jorge Bravo de Rueda's classic song "Vírgenes del Sol" on her album Fuego del Ande. [25], On May 6, 2006, Sumac flew to Lima, where she was presented the Orden del Sol award by Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo and the Jorge Basadre medal by the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos.[26]. |  After Sumac performed at the Shrine Auditorium with a company of dancers, drummers and musicians in 1955, a Los Angeles Times writer observed: “She warbles like a bird in the uppermost regions, hoots like an owl in the lowest registers, produces bell-like coloratura passages one minute, and exotic, dusky contralto tones the next.”. Known for her astonishing 4 1/2 octave vocal range, Yma Sumac (AKA Ima or Imma Sumack) is from Ichocán, Peru, a town high in the Andes. Her song "Bo Mambo" appeared in a commercial for Kahlúa liquor and was sampled for the song "Hands Up" by The Black Eyed Peas. Her singing voice ranged from B2 to G♯7. A second tour took her to the Far East: Persia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Burma, Thailand, Sumatra, the Philippines, and Australia. Her singing voice ranged from B2 to G♯7. On September 13, 2016, a Google Doodle depicted Sumac. “Never in 2,000 years has there been another voice like hers.”. With her exotic beauty, elaborate costumes and singing voice that could imitate the cries of birds and wild animals, the woman who claimed to be a descendant of an ancient Incan emperor offered Eisenhower-era audiences something unique. Publicity executive Maurice Segal, who crafted campaigns for classic films, dies at 99. Search Obituaries & Guest Books on, Honor a loved one, place an obituary notice, Gospel star Bishop Rance Allen dead at 71. . She was able to emit notes from the tessitura of sopranino, soprano, mezzo-soprano, contralto, tenor, baritone and bass, and was the only person able to do the triple coloratura or the trill of the birds. In three seasons, the Sooners averaged more than 100 points per game. She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6445 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. Sumac’s first album for Capitol, “Voice of the Xtabay,” soared to the top of the record charts. Sumac, one of the most famous proponents of exotica music, was known as the “Nightingale of the Andes” and the “Peruvian Songbird.”. [24] With the resurgence of lounge music in the late 1990s, Sumac's profile rose again when the song "Ataypura" was featured in the Coen Brothers film The Big Lebowski. She’s a very eccentric woman. “The new generation told me many times: ‘Miss Yma, we love you. The songs "Goomba Boomba" and "Malambo No. Sumac spent the rest of the 1960s performing sporadically.[20]. Sumac died on November 1, 2008, aged 86, at an assisted living home in Los Angeles, California, nine months after being diagnosed with colon cancer. Sumac arrived with private detectives to pick up belongings during her divorce from composer-arranger Moises Vivanco. She later remarried him, and they divorced again in 1965. "[2] In 2012, audio recording restoration expert John H. Haley favorably compared Sumac's tone to opera singers Isabella Colbran, Maria Malibran, and Pauline Viardot. The accounts seem to vary, but here are recorded examples that show her having just over a 5 octave range: She came to the United States in the 1940s and performed with a small group of musicians and dancers.
Yma Sumac, (Zoila Augusta Emperatriz Chavarri del Castillo), Peruvian-born American folk singer (born Sept. 13, 1922, Cajamarca, Peru—died Nov. 1, 2008, Los Angeles, Calif.), was internationally renowned for her extraordinary vocal range and for her interpretations of traditional South American songs. [27] She was interred at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in the "Sanctuary of Memories" section. She claimed to be a descendant of the Incan emperors, since her mother's maiden name, Atahualpa, was the same as the last Incan ruler. [July 1997], View agent, publicist, legal and company contact details on IMDbPro, Zoila Augusta Emperatriz Chávarri del Castillo. She has acted in several films and stage shows, and continued to perform into the 1990s. Although details of her birth date and early life vary widely, Devine said Sumac was born Zoila Augusta Emperatriz Chavarri del Castillo in Cajamarca, Peru, on Sept. 13, 1922. If true this would extend her vocal range to over five octaves, perhaps even six. “The younger generation loves the music, loves Yma,” Sumac told the Tampa Tribune in 1996. From an early age she performed in radio and movies and made recordings throughout South America. These early recordings for the Odeon label featured composer Moisés Vivanco's troupe Compañía Peruana de Arte, of 16 Peruvian dancers, singers, and musicians.

A look at Sean Connery’s life in pictures. Nancy Darsch, former WNBA coach who helped win Olympic gold, dies at 68, Darsch guided the Ohio State women’s basketball team to the 1993 title game, Billy Tubbs, coach who turned Oklahoma into a basketball powerhouse, dies. Her classic recording of "Malambo No. ", although in interviews at the beginning of her career she claimed it meant "beautiful flower" or "beautiful girl". Hall of Fame cornerback Herb Adderley, who won six championships during his NFL career with the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys, dies at 81. In 1987, she recorded "I Wonder" from the Disney film Sleeping Beauty for Stay Awake, an album of songs from Disney movies, produced by Hal Willner. Peruvian-born singer Yma Sumac, whose spectacular multi-octave vocal range and exotic persona made her an international sensation in the 1950s, died Saturday. She recorded at least 18 tracks[13] of Peruvian folk songs in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1943. In 1971, she recorded a psychedelic rock album, “Miracles,” that was not widely released, and semi-retired to Peru later in the decade -- at least that’s what she always said. She was able to sing notes in the low baritone register as well as notes above the range of an ordinary soprano and notes in the whistle register. Sumac, who was diagnosed with colon cancer in February, died Saturday in an assisted-living facility in Silver Lake, said Damon Devine, her personal assistant and close friend. Yma Sumac [exotica vocalist]: Musician Snapshots Volume 3 of The Music You Should Hear Series by Stone Blue Editors, SBE Media, 2015. One source claims that in the song "K'arawi", she reached D8 (at 00:26). is the record that Belinda Carlisle pulls out of its jacket in the video for "Mad About You". Living in Beverly Hills, concert tours, and recording a new album. [21], In the song "Chuncho" she sang from B2 (at 0:40) to C♯7 (at 2:56).

Her fame in countries like Greece, Israel and Russia made her change her two-week stay to six months. She was 86. . They performed in 40 cities in the Soviet Union for over six months, and a film was shot recording some moments of the tour,[19] and afterward throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America. The song "Gopher Mambo" was used in the films Ordinary Decent Criminal, Happy Texas, Spy Games, and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, among others. (1954) and Fuego del Ande (1959). Sumac wore colorful robes with gold and silver to convey the image of a princess. Diane di Prima, feminist poet and Beat generation force, dies at 86. [citation needed], She became a U.S. citizen on July 22, 1955. She had been diagnosed with colon cancer in February. Her first album, Voice of the Xtabay, launched a period of fame that included performances at the Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall. A handful of other albums followed during the 1950s. This is the OFFICIAL site of Iconic singer YMA SUMAC and is fully authorized by her Estate. Scott Marshall , Other Works Photographer Greg Gorman and Sumac sit outside where lamps and couches were set up for the 10th anniversary party for L.A. Eyeworks in 1989.

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