Susana Baca - Afrodiaspora (5 stars)

Susana Baca - Afrodiaspora

(Luaka Bop)

Grammy award winning Afro-Peruvian singer Susana Baca was an early signing to Talking Head David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label and her latest, long-awaited album sees her explore rhythms of the African-Latin diaspora.

Her attractive, clear yet mellow voice roves over accompaniment from various types of guitars, bass, percussion and choruses with songs that move from Venezuela and Cuba to Brazil and Spain, via places in between. Upbeat moments see Baca duet with key guests like Calle 13’s hip hop René ‘Residente’ Perez for ‘Puerto Rico’ while the glorious ‘Hey Pocky Way’ takes us to the funky fire of New Orleans artists where Baca was working when Hurricane Katrina struck.

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