Song of the Day: Malambo No. 1 by Yma Sumac

malambo.jpg

“Malambo No. 1” is a song by Peruvian soprano Yma Sumac from her fifth studio album Mambo!.

Lyrics:

What they do in Peru,
Tusurikusun viditay.*
What they do in Peru,
Tusurikusun viditay
What they do in Peru,
Tusurikusun viditay
What they do in Peru,
Tusurikusun viditay

A ti solito te quiero yo, **
Cholito lindo, bésame así!
En tus brazos me quiero morir,
Cholito lindo, bésame asi!

What they do in Peru,
Tusurikusun viditay
What they do in Peru,
Tusurikusun viditay
Wawa-wawawaw-wawaw
Wawa-wawawaw-wawaw
Wawa-wawawa
Wawa-wawawaw-wawaw
Wawa-wawawaw-wawaw
Wawa-wawawa

Oh, what they do in Peru,
Tusurikusun viditay
Oh, what they do in Peru,
Tusurikusun viditay
Oh, what they do in Peru,
Tusurikusun viditay
Oh, what they do in Peru,
Tusurikusun viditay

A ti cholito te quiero yo,
Cholito lindo, bésame así!
En tus brazos me quiero morir,
Cholito lindo, bésame asi!

……

Tusurikusun viditay: Let’s dance, my life (Quechua Ayacuchano)

**A ti solito te quiero yo, : I love you and only you (Literal: To you alone I love you,) (Spanish)
Cholito lindo, bésame así! : cute Cholito (nickname that express love for latinos), kiss me like that! (Spanish)
En tus brazos me quiero morir: I wanna die in your arms (Spanish)

Known for her astonishing 4 1/2 octave vocal range, Yma Sumac (AKA Ima or Imma Sumack) is from Ichocán, Peru, a town high in the Andes. From an early age she performed in radio and movies and made recordings throughout South America. She came to the United States in the 1940s and performed with a small group of musicians and dancers. When she signed with Capitol Records in 1950 her stage name’s spelling was changed to the more exotic “Yma Sumac.” An urban legend that she is really “Amy Camus,” a nice Jewish girl from Brooklyn, originated in 1951 with a joke among musicians repeated in one of Walter Winchell’s gossip columns. She has acted in several films and stage shows, and continued to perform into the 1990s. She lives in Los Angeles and has been contemplating new releases of recordings of her most recent concerts.

– IMDb Mini Biography By: Scott Marshall

Yma Sumac

Yma Sumac in Italy.jpg

Birth name Zoila Augusta Emperatriz Chávarri del Castillo
Also known as Yma Súmac
“The Peruvian Songbird”
Born September 13, 1922 or September 10, 1923
Callao, Peru, (other sources cite Ichocan, Cajamarca, Peru)
Died November 1, 2008
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Exotica, world, mambo,lounge
Occupation(s) Singer, artist
Years active 1942–1997
Advertisements
This entry was posted in Music and Musicians / Song of the Day and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s