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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Legend Of The Jivaro - Yma Sumac

Legend Of The Jivaro
Yma Sumac
Capitol T770

Available on CD.

This from the back cover: To unearth the Jivaro music – the stories their ancient songs tell, the musical instruments of their culture – Yma Sumac and her husband, Moises Vivanco, one of the foremost authorities on ancient music, travelled deep into the headhunters' native territory. There, her mastery of the Jivaro dialect (she was reared less than one hundred miles from their land) helped facilitate the research in that strange and obscure society.

Well... dang... that makes for a great story and starting point for this wonderful concept album! Somehow I don't see Sumac, at this stage in her career, hovering over a cauldron of mystery meat. Apparently she and Vivanco divorced in 1957, remarried the same year and divorced again in 1965. I'm sure that had nothing to do with shrinking heads on a vacation.


  1. Pure magic! I have this one as well!

  2. In fact this sumac album is certainly a fraud she had nothing to do with Jivaro people and she admit that she could'nt speak quetchua (Inca language) fluently only her husband moises could do so.
    But the cover is so evocative and prepare you for un exotic trip so I will gladly forgive them for luring us


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