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Chabuca Granda


Maria Isabel Granda Larco , better known as Chabuca Granda, was a Peruvian singer and composer. She created and interpreted a vast number of Criollo waltzes with Afro-Peruvian rhythms. Her best known song is "La flor de la canela" (Cinnamon Flower).

Maria Isabel Granda Larco was born on 3 September 1920, in a copper mining area in the region of Apurimac. She began singing at 12 years old, in the school choir at the exclusive girl's school Colegio Sophianum, in San Isidro, a wealthy district of Lima, Peru. At this age she sang as a soprano (an operation later gave her the deep voice for which she is remembered). However, she wasn't well known until after her divorce, a scandal in contemporary Lima's conservative Catholic society.

Towards the end of her career, Chabuca Granda incorporated Afro-Peruvian rhythms into her work. Afro-Peruvian music, while popular, was not considered "high art" due to the prevalent racism and devaluation of Afro-Peruvian culture. She masterfully blended the suggestive and colorful rhythms into her work, enriching Peruvian popular music.

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