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In the s, she was one of the most famous exponents of exotica music. Sumac became an international success based on her extreme vocal range. She had six-and-a-half octaves according to some reports,  but other reports and recordings document four-and-a-half at the peak of her singing career. 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.
Both low and high extremes can be heard in the song "Chuncho The Forest Creatures " She was also apparently able to sing in a remarkable "double voice". Inclassical composer Virgil Thomson described Sumac's voice as "very low and warm, very high and birdlike", noting that her range "is very close to five octaves, but is in no way inhuman or outlandish Chuncho (The Forest Creatures) - Yma Sumac - The Ultimate Yma Sumac Collection sound.
He described Sumac's voice as not having the "bright penetrating peal of a true coloratura soprano", but having in its place "an alluring sweet darkness Her father was born in Cajamarca and her mother was born in Pallasca. Stories published in the s claimed that she was an Incan princess, directly descended from Atahualpa. The government of Peru in formally supported her claim to be descended from Atahualpa, the last Incan emperor. Her mother was a schoolteacher and her father a civic leader.
The stage name was based on her mother's name, which was derived from "ima shumaq", Quechua for "how beautiful! Sumac first appeared on radio in She recorded at least 18 tracks  of Peruvian folk songs in Argentina in The group was unable to attain any success; their participation in South American Music Festival in Carnegie Hall was reviewed positively.
InYma gave birth to their only child Carlos. Her first album, Voice of the Xtabaylaunched a period of fame that included performances at the Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall. She presented more than 80 concerts in London and 16 concerts in Paris. Her fame in countries like Greece, Israel and Russia made her change her two-week stay to six months. During the s, she produced a series of lounge music recordings featuring Hollywood -style versions of Incan and South American folk songs, working with Les Baxter and Billy May.
The combination of her extraordinary voice, exotic looks, and stage personality made her a hit with American audiences. Sumac appeared in a Broadway musical, Flahooleyinas a foreign princess who brings Aladdin 's lamp to an American toy factory to have it repaired. The show's score was by Sammy Fain and Yip Harburgbut her three numbers were the work of Vivanco, with one co-written by Vivanco and Fain.
She put out a number of hit albums, such as Mambo! Flahooley closed quickly, but the recording continues as a cult classic, in part because it also marked the Broadway debut of Barbara Cook. She became a U. In Sumac and Vivanco divorced, after Vivanco sired twins with another woman. They remarried that same year, but a second divorce followed in Apparently due to financial difficulties, Sumac and the original Inka Taky Trio went on a world tour inwhich lasted for five years.
They performed in 40 cities in the Soviet Union for over six months, and a film was shot recording some moments of the tour,  and afterward throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America. Their performance in Bucharest, Romaniawas recorded as the album Recitalher only live in concert record. Sumac spent the rest of the s performing sporadically. Sumac had a wide vocal register; she could emit notes from above a coloratura soprano to the low notes of a bass and had one of the widest vocal ranges.
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. Her singing voice ranged from ti 1 to re 7. One source claims that in the song "K'arawi", she reached a Re 8 This would extend her vocal range to almost 6 octaves.
In the song "Chuncho" she sang from a ti 1 at minute to a Re 7 at minute Chuncho (The Forest Creatures) - Yma Sumac - The Ultimate Yma Sumac Collection this live she performs a duet with the flute reaching an E 6.
InSumac released Séverine - Olala LAmour rock album, Miracles.
In the s, she resumed her career under the management of Alan Eichler and had a number of concerts both in the United States and abroad, including the Hollywood Roosevelt CinegrillNew York's Ballroom in  where she was held over for seven weeks to SRO crowds and several San Francisco shows at the Theatre on the Square among others. She recorded a new German "techno" dance record, "Mambo ConFusion". She also gave several concerts in the summer of in San Francisco and Hollywood as well as two more in MontrealCanada, in July as part of the Montreal International Jazz Festival.
The songs "Goomba Boomba" and "Malambo No. A sample from "Malambo No. Sumac is also mentioned in the lyrics of the s Chuncho (The Forest Creatures) - Yma Sumac - The Ultimate Yma Sumac Collection " Joe le taxi " by Vanessa Paradisand her album Mambo! Sumac died on November 1,aged 85, at an assisted living home in Los Angeles, California, nine months after being diagnosed with colon cancer.
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