From Folklore to Exotica: Yma Sumac and the Performance of Inca Identity
August 31, 2013 10:10 PM Subscribe
When the Andean exotica singer Yma Sumac became famous in the United States for her supposed Inca heritage and five-octave voice, her fellow Peruvians called her a sellout. UC Davis professor Zoila Mendoza, however, knew Yma Sumac as her mother’s childhood friend.
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