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Susana Baca - Maria Lando

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Uploaded on May 27, 2009

This is the first song from the compilation "The Soul of Black Perú" that gathers an amazing group of afro-peruvian music artists compiled by David Byrne (the ex-lead singer of the well known rock band Talking Heads). In a way the compilation works for an introduction to black/creole music that emerged during the Colonial Period wich combines basically African, Spanish and Andean influences.

This is the song that led to Bacas international fame, the song begins with a description of the early morning hours in a small town of Perú:

"The dawn breaks like a statue
Like a winged statue spreading across the city
And the noon rings, a bell made of water
A golden singing bell that keeps us from feeling alone"

The rest of the song talks about a servant girl named María Landó, for whom "there is no dawn", "there is no noon", "there is only lack of sleep", "suffering", "and work for others". In general describes the way slaves lived and worked on the sugar fields during the Colonial Period. The song was composed by Chabuca Granda, a noted Peruvian composer who Baca often mentions as one of her heroes and mentors.

This is the first of a couple of videos i intend to brought up for all of you lovers of traditional music, better known as world music. Enjoy!

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