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Yma Sumac

1923 - 2008

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Zoila Augusta Emperatriz Chávarri del Castillo (September 13, 1922 (birth certificate) or September 10, 1922 (later documents) – November 1, 2008), known professionally as Yma Sumac (), 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 1,740,074 page views. Her biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). Yma Sumac is the 92nd most popular singer (up from 97th in 2019), the 13th most popular biography from Peru 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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  • 43

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  • 6.86

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  • 2.86

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Among singers, Yma Sumac ranks 92 out of 3,528Before her are France Gall, Gwen Stefani, Enrique Iglesias, Georges Moustaki, Art Garfunkel, and Meat Loaf. After her are Robin Gibb, Morrissey, Robert Plant, Mercedes Sosa, Gloria Gaynor, and Donna Summer.

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Among people born in 1923, Yma Sumac ranks 24Before her are Richard Attenborough, Franco Zeffirelli, Alan Shepard, Mas Oyama, Nadine Gordimer, and Roy Lichtenstein. After her are Jack Kilby, Val Logsdon Fitch, Anne Baxter, Arvid Carlsson, Lee Teng-hui, and Markus Wolf. Among people deceased in 2008, Yma Sumac ranks 21Before her are Jørn Utzon, Harold Pinter, Richard Widmark, Miriam Makeba, Richard Wright, and Alain Robbe-Grillet. After her are Michael Crichton, Heath Ledger, Jules Dassin, Roy Scheider, Jacques Piccard, and Mahmoud Darwish.

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In Peru

Among people born in Peru, Yma Sumac ranks 13 out of 232Before her are Túpac Amaru (1545), Lina Medina (1933), Manco Cápac (1250), Pachacuti (1380), Túpac Amaru II (1738), and Rose of Lima (1586). After her are Abimael Guzmán (1934), Manco Inca Yupanqui (1512), Martin de Porres (1579), Huáscar (1490), Topa Inca Yupanqui (1441), and Viracocha Inca (1310).

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Among SINGERS In Peru

Among singers born in Peru, Yma Sumac ranks 1After her are Juan Diego Flórez (1973), Betty Missiego (1938), and Immortal Technique (1978).