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Waltons World Masters presents Susana Baca, National Concert Hall, 22 June 2017

Waltons World Masters presents Susana Baca at the National Concert Hall, Thursday  22 June 2017
SUSANA BACA Screen John Field Room
One of the supreme divas of world music and the greatest living exponent of the Afro-Peruvian musical tradition, performing in Ireland for one night only.
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Her…performance was luminous, her powerful yet delicate voice resonating with remarkable purity.’ – LOS ANGELES TIMES

The music retains its undulating sensuality, call and response vocals, pinpoint arrangements and peppery rhythms…and stage centre is the sublime Baca herself, an expressive singer and luminous presence whose sultry dance moves and ability to establish a mood and hold it are mesmerizing.’

Baca crafts an innovative and organic take on the Afro-Peruvian musical tradition, in the process catapulting herself to the forefront of an Afro-Peruvian revival.’ – NPR WORLD CAFÉ

I could be convinced to live full-time in Baca’s complex world of Afro-Peruvian music. Here, Andean melancholy is perfectly expressed by an intriguing blend of Spanish melody and African-rooted rhythm.’ – ROOTS WORLD

A world-class world music diva.’ – THE GUARDIAN

With her unmistakable voice and equally impressive interpretive gifts, Susana Baca is a Peruvian national treasure. Born in the black coastal barrio of Chorrillos, outside Lima, where descendants of slaves have lived since the days of the Spanish Empire, Baca was immersed in the wonderfully complex world of Afro-Peruvian music from a very early age. She first came to international attention in 1995, when her rendition of ‘Maria Lando’, a heart-breaking ballad of worker oppression, was included on David Byrne’s The Soul of Black Peru album. Since then, she has brought her intriguing blend of Spanish melodies and African-rooted rhythms – along with her stellar group of Latin American musicians – to audiences worldwide.

Susana Baca is a performer like no other and simply must be experienced live. Her songs are poetic (with lyrics by some of Latin America’s finest poets, with whom she collaborates) and rich with storytelling and evocative imagery; her voice is by turns powerful, smoky and ethereal; her stage presence is elegant and engaging, as she gracefully glides barefoot about the stage while singing; and her delivery is emotionally rich and deeply felt.

Please join us for an unforgettable performance by a true world master.

Susana Baca • Vocals
Hugo Bravo • Percussion
Ernesto Hermoza • Guitar, Charango
Oscar Huaranga • Bass
Maria Helena Pacheco • Violin


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What a wonderful day at the Waltons Music for Schools Competition at the NCH today. Congratulations to all 12 schools who participated in the final today and who gave us an afternoon of wonderful music, song, dance and story. The winners of the were:
Primary School WInners:
1st prize (€3,000) Gaelscoil Urmhumhan, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary
2nd Prize (€1,500) St Joseph’s National School, Breaffy, Co. Mayo
3rd Prize ( €500) Bunscoil Loreto, Gorey, Co. Wexford
Post-Primary School WInnners:
1st prize (€3,000) Scoil Mhuire, Trim, Co. Meath
2nd Prize (€1,500) Colaiste Chill Mhantain, Wicklow
3rd Prize ( €500) St Joseph’s Secondary School, Rochfortbridge, Co. Westmeath

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