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<nettime> Renowned Singer Susana Baca Named Peru's Minister of Culture

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Renowned Singer Susana Baca Named Peru's Minister of

World Music Central
News Dept.
July 29, 2011


Renowned Singer Susana Baca Named Peru's Minister of

Photo: Susana Baca http://tinyurl.com/3pwss2f

Peru's president elect Ollanta Humala had named Afro-
Peruvian innovator Susana Baca new Minister of Culture.
She replaces Juan Ossio. The Ministry of Culture was
created only 11 months ago. With this initiative,
Ollanta Humala a similar path to Brazil's former
president, Lula da Silva, who named famed musician
Gilberto Gil Brazil's Minister of Culture.

Susana Baca has been an essential figure in the revival
of Afro-Peruvian music. She reached international
audiences in 1995 thatnks to the successful compilation
CD The Soul of Black Peru. In 2002, Susana Baca won the
Latin Grammy Award for Best Folk Album, for her Lamento
Negro CD. Susana Baca `s most recent album is
Afrodiaspora, where she explores the musics of the
African Diaspora, including the African rooted music of
Cuba, Argentina, Brazil, New Orleans (USA); and genres
like forro, cumbia, tango, etc.

Despite her appointment, Susana Baca will continue with
her U.S. tour plans to promote her new album titled Afrodiaspora.

Tour dates:

Sunday, August 21, 2011 at City Winery in New York City

Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at El Rey Theatre in Los
Angeles, CA

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at Kuumbwa Jazz Center in
Santa Cruz, CA

Thursday, August 25, 2011 at Herbst Theatre in San
Francisco, CA

Saturday, August 27, 2011 at Mayne Stage in Chicago, IL


Susana Baca Becomes Peru's First Black Government

Associated Press
July 26, 2011

    Singer, known as the voice of Afro-Peruvian
    music tradition, given culture portfolio by
    president-elect Ollanta Humala


Susana Baca won a Latin Grammy in 2002 for an album she recorded nearly 20
years earlier in Cuba. Photograph: Sarah Lee for the Guardian

Peru's president-elect, Ollanta Humala, has chosen the
singer Susana Baca as culture minister, making her the country's first black
government minister since independence from Spain in 1821.

Baca is the best-known voice of the musical and dance
tradition of Afro-Peruvians, descendants of slaves. The 67-year-old won a
Latin Grammy in 2002 for the album Lamento Negro, which she recorded nearly
two decades earlier in Cuba.

Humala also named his education minister as the
sociologist Patricia Salas in the last cabinet
appointments announced before he takes office on


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