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Yma Sumac (Sept. 13, 1922 – Nov. 1, 2008) was a noted Peruvian soprano. In the 1950s, she was one of the most famous proponents of exotica music. She produced a series of lounge music recordings featuring Hollywood-style versions of Incan and South American folk songs, working with the likes of Les Baxter and Billy May. The combination of her extraordinary voice, exotic looks, and stage personality made her a hit with American audiences. Yma Sumac recorded an extraordinarily wide vocal range of slightly over four octaves. She was also apparently able to sing in an eerie “double voice”.

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