Saturday, April 30, 2011
Legend Of The Jivaro - Yma Sumac
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.