Peruvian singer-cult figure Yma Sumac was the only direct descendant of Incan emperor Atahualpa to play Carnegie Hall, perform in Broadway musicals, and score a Number One debut album—Voice of the Xtabay (1950)—on the Billboard charts.
This weekend, Empress of (Lorely Rodriguez), Nite Jewel, Maria Elena Altany, Ceci Bastida, Dorian Wood, Carmina Escobar, and Francisca Valenzuela—backed by a band led by Alberto López of Jungle Fire—gather at the Hammer Museum to pay tribute to the legendary singer from Peru with the four-octave-and-then-some range.
VOICES OF THE XTABAY—A TRIBUTE TO YMA SUMAC, Saturday, October 7, at 7:30 pm.
RADICAL WOMEN—LATIN AMERICAN ART, 1960–1985, through December 31.
HAMMER MUSEUM, 10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Westwood, Los Angeles.
Yma Sumac. Image credit: Yma-sumac.com