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Encanto en la Lucha,
Esperanza's concert series, has highlighted world renowned artists Lila Downs and Eugenia Leon,
along with local performers on the same stage, nurturing our joy in the struggle and bringing us together towards social justice para un mundo mejor.
And now we welcome Susana Baca in her San Antonio debut and her only Texas tour stop!
Una cantante importante en el mundo, Susana Baca was born in the small coastal village of Chorrillos, Peru. She has dedicated her life to the research and preservation of Afro-Peruvian music and dance and is credited as a key figure in reviving the cultura of her gente, a people descended from slaves. Her music reflects her community's history, incorporating African instruments, rhythms, and improvisation into traditional Peruvian musical forms, including festejo and lando.

Also performing, Trio Azul... Azul, Bett Butler, Joel Dilley with Cecil R. Carter & Jonathan Raveneau
Day of Show Tickets are available from 10am - 3pm @ Esperanza
and starting at 6pm @ Thiry Auditorium box office
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$10 Assigned Seating on 1st Floor
$8 General Admission on 2nd Floor

Esperanza Box Office Hours
922 San Pedro, San Antonio, TX 78212
Monday - Friday, Noon - 7pm
Day of Show, Saturday, September 25
10am - 3p
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Thiry Auditorium box office opens @ 6pm

or by phone with a credit card (210) 228-0201
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aThiry Auditorium @ Our Lady of the Lake University
411 SW 24th St, San Antonio, TX 78207
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Susana Baca is a prominent Peruvian singer of Afro-Peruvian descent.  She has dedicated her life to the research and preservation of Afro-Peruvian music and dance.  She has been a key figure in reviving the cultura of her gente and of Afro-Peruvian music and dance.  For example, she has been credited with bringing back "Festejo" music, which, like the culture that produced it, had previously been unrecognized.  It is now regarded as an important part of Peruvian culture.  Baca has contributed much to its international popularity, which began in 1995 with the release of the compilation CD The Soul of Black Peru.  The album, which features the Baca song "Maria Lando," was released by the Luaka Bop record label, which belongs to ex-Talking Heads frontman David Byrne.

Baca grew up in a coastal fishing village Chorrillos, a district of the Lima Province of Peru, and part of greater Lima.  Her music is a mixture of traditional and contemporary.  Her backing band features indigenous Peruvian instruments such as the cajon ("wooden box," whose origins lie in an upturned fruit crate), guapeo (clay pot), and quijada (jawbone of a burro), as well as acoustic guitar and double bass.  Although many of her songs are based on traditional forms such as the lando or vals, she also incorporates elements of Cuban and Brazilian music.

Her songs are poetic with lyrics that are rich with evocative imagery and composed by some of Latin American's premier poets, with whom she collaborates.  Her voice is delicate yet soulful.  She has an elegant and engaging stage presence, gliding gracefully about the stage while singing.  Her delivery is so deeply felt and emotion-filled as to project a spiritual character, even in songs that are not expressly religious in subject matter.

With her husband, Bolivian Ricardo Pereyra, Baca founded the Instituto Negrocontinuo (Black Continuum Institute) in her seafront home in Chorrillos.  It fosters the collection, preservation and creation of Afro-Peruvian culture, music and dance.

In 2002, Susana Baca won the Grammy Award for Best Folk Album, for her Lamento Negro CD.  [BACK TO TOP]

Trio Azul
Azul, Bett Butler, Joel Dilley
with Cecil R. Carter & Jonathan Raveneau

United by a common love for traditional and not-so-traditional music from around the world, Trio Azul fuses backgrounds and languages, women's voices, and a variety of instruments adding up to an elegant, passionate, and unique experience. In this concierto, Trio Azul and guests will play homage to San Antonio's unique musical traditions, melding Westside & Eastside influences of blues and jazz with Afro-Mexican music.

- Read a review of a Susana Baca's August 12th performance at New York's Lincoln Center!  • • • • the AfroPop Blog

• Baca's Afro-Peruvian music encompasses love and politics  • • • • Express-News

• The Quiet Storm: Susana Baca doesn't need a huge voice to steal your heart
  • • • •SA Current

• Afro-Peruvian singer Susana Baca
  • • • • SFGate

• Susana Baca: the sensous voice of Afro-Peruvians • • Seattle Times


Come and hear Susana Baca speak about her experience and work.
Sunday, September 26th | Suggested Donation - $100
Call 210.228.0201 for information and reservation

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