Yma Sumac

Google Doodle celebrates ‘Peruvian Songbird’ Yma Sumac

Peruvian chanteuse Yma Sumac is the latest famous figure to get the Google Doodle treatment, with the search giant celebrating the career of the 1950s performer on its homepage.

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Sumac was born Zoila Augusta Emperatriz Chávarri del Castillo in the early ’20s, although there’s some debate over exactly where, and whether she was born on 13 September 1922 or three days earlier in 1923. She first appeared on the radio in 1942. Google has paid its respects Wednesday with a colourful reworking of its logo.

She signed to Capitol Records in 1950, touring Europe and Africa two years later. Sumac worked across genres including exotica, mambo lounge and — later — rock. Her vocal range was just as broad, hitting notes across a whopping five octaves. Sumac died in 2008 in Los Angeles.

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