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.
Cardo o Ceniza (Lando)
Bello Durmiente (criollo waltz)
Ha de llegar mi Dueno (Tondero)
Biography of Chabuca Granda
Chabuca Granda in 300 Millones
This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article Chabuca Granda