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Amidst celebrations, some sadness, as Yma Sumac has died. The Peruvian songstress had a near five-octave vocal range and remains an icon of the “exotic music movement.”


  1. I just heard Michael Crichton passed away last night as well. First Studs, then Toot, and now this. Many great people passing this week.

  2. I’m ashamed to say that the only reason I know her name is because it keeps popping up as crossword puzzle answers. The first time I heard her singing voice was when NPR played it while reporting her death.