YMA SUMAC – The PERUVIAN SONGBIRD
In the 1950’s Mambo mania had reached fever pitch and a mysterious Peruvian beauty called Yma Sumac was the undisputed Queen. Starting out singing traditional Incan folk song, her startling 5-octave range and questionably exotic history caused a sensation in Hollywood and beyond….
As her fame rose, her royal Incan ancestry was questioned, some suggesting she was really Amy Camus, a bored housewife from Brooklyn. Although this laughable theory was firmly denied.
Ali McGregor now brings her astounding voice and charismatic stage presence to this myth, exploring the idea that the ‘Legend of the Sun Virgin’ was really an elaborate fantasy. An exhilarating theatrical look at identity in show business, the lure of mystery, and above all – extraordinary singing.