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4.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable, 19 Oct 2003
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Pieter Uys "Toypom" (Johannesburg) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Voice of the Xtabay (Audio CD)
The range of this singer's voice is truly incredible - one moment she sounds like a twittering nightingale as her voice quivers along the highest of the high notes, the next it's down to the ground in a rumbling thunderstorm or shuddering earthquake. There's nothing quite like it. I recommend this album to all who are interested in the exotic, such as world music gems like The Wassoulou Sound: Women Of Mali or the equally strange sounds of Meredith Monk on the album Dolmen Music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enter the misty, haunting musical world of an Inca Princess, 26 Feb 2002
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This review is from: Voice of the Xtabay (Audio CD)
This album is one of the most Exotic musical voyages of the twentieth century, sung by the voice of Yma Sumac, a descendant of the ancient Inca kings. Her five octave range is pushed to its' limits in this very personal journey, which explores the world of the Inca, high in the Andes. Her voice not only portrays the ultimate in lost love, but with it she describes the impression that the forces of nature had on her ancestors. Her songs cover everything from the violence of an earthquake building to a climax, to the mysterious sounds of the deep jungles. In 'Chuncho' her incredible double-voiced trill will leave you breathless. It is truly like nothing you have ever heard before.
The companion album to this is 'Legend of the Sun Virgin', which is more of the story of a Virgin of the Sun who is expelled from the Temple for falling in love with a mere mortal, and her journeys through the high Andes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An awe-inspiring journey into the life of an Inca Princess, 25 Feb 2002
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This review is from: Voice of the Xtabay (Audio CD)
I first heard and fell in love with this album when I was 14 years old. Over the years, many of my tastes in music and other fields have changed, but I always keep a copy of this album with me, wherever life leads. The album is almost an aural story, sometimes with full orchestra, at other times with only a guitar and a voice, beginning with the wistful yet compelling song of the Sun Virgin, 'Taita Inty' . From there, the voice of the high Andes, calls to the soul in 'Ataypura' or rolls from the earth in the heavy 'Tumpa', mimicking an earthquake and the uprush of the molten lava. Most of the songs are sung in Quechua, the ancient language of the Inca-but the meaning conveyed by the lush fantastic voice is unmistakeable. The haunting, 'Xtabay' will send chills through your being, while the mind-wrenching 'Chuncho'- with the sounds of the jungle; chattering monkeys and exotic birds - all done simply using a single guitar and the most amazing voice in the world - will lead you breathlessly to the unparalleled example of Miss Sumac's double voiced trill. It is a really stunning album, unique in the recording field.
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