Yma Sumac

1923 - 2008

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Yma Sumac (; (September 13, 1922 (birth certificate) or September 10, 1922 (later documents) – November 1, 2008) was a Peruvian-American coloratura soprano. She was one of the most famous exponents of exotica music during the 1950s. Sumac became an international success based on her extreme vocal range. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Yma Sumac has received more than 1,660,238 page views. Her biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 40 in 2019). Yma Sumac is the 97th most popular singer (up from 119th in 2019), the 13th most popular biography from Peru (up from 14th in 2019) and the most popular Peruvian Singer.

Yma Sumac is most famous for her unique voice. Born as Amalia Margarita Sumac Landa de Silva on September 13, 1922 in Cajamarca, Peru, she was a Bolivian citizen who became one of the most popular singers of the 20th century. Sumac's voice was characterized as operatic, and she was best known for singing in the Quechua and Aymara languages.

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Among singers, Yma Sumac ranks 97 out of 3,541Before her are Kenny Rogers, Lys Assia, Diana Ross, Mercedes Sosa, Morrissey, and France Gall. After her are Mirella Freni, Donna Summer, Roy Orbison, Rihanna, Robin Gibb, and John Lee Hooker.

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Among people born in 1923, Yma Sumac ranks 26Before her are Carroll Shelby, Marcel Marceau, Jack Kilby, Lee Teng-hui, Richard Attenborough, and Alan Shepard. After her are Anne Baxter, Arvid Carlsson, Lola Flores, Antoni Tàpies, Nguyễn Văn Thiệu, and Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria. Among people deceased in 2008, Yma Sumac ranks 22Before her are Harold Pinter, Roy Scheider, Richard Widmark, Richard Wright, Miriam Makeba, and Alain Robbe-Grillet. After her are Heath Ledger, Edward Norton Lorenz, Jules Dassin, Jacques Piccard, Mahmoud Darwish, and Mel Ferrer.

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In Peru

Among people born in Peru, Yma Sumac ranks 13 out of 196Before her are Alberto Fujimori (1938), Túpac Amaru (1545), Pachacuti (1380), Rose of Lima (1586), Manco Cápac (1250), and Túpac Amaru II (1738). After her are Huáscar (1490), Martin de Porres (1579), Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (1938), Manco Inca Yupanqui (1512), Viracocha Inca (1310), and Topa Inca Yupanqui (1441).

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Among SINGERS In Peru

Among singers born in Peru, Yma Sumac ranks 1After her are Juan Diego Flórez (1973) and Immortal Technique (1978).