This Bada$s Latina Is Getting Her Own Google Doodle Today

Today Google is honoring Peruvian singer Yma Sumac’s birthday with her very own doodle.

Yma started her singing career in Peru, but quickly moved to the United States, where she was signed by Capitol Records. Her first U.S. album, “Voice of the Xtabay,” was released to critical acclaim in 1950.


The liner notes for the album claim an xtabay is, “the most elusive of all women” and a “virgin who might have consumed your nights with tender caresses now seems less than the dry leaves of winter.” In the Mayan language, an xtabay is a demon seductress who kills for lust. Living up to its name, “Xtabay” won over fans and critics, who were seduced by Yma’s impressive five-octave vocal range.

Yma followed up the success of the album’s release by performing at the Hollywood Bowl and releasing several other critically acclaimed albums.

No matter how popular she became, Yma stayed close to her roots. Thanks to the extravagant displays of South American costumes, fans often compared her to Inca Royalty.

Though her popularity rose and fell several times throughout her career, Yma never stopped singing. Her amazing work ethic earned her lifelong fans, and even a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Yma was 86 years old when she died in 2008, but “The Peruvian Songbird’s” legacy continues to live on through multiple generations of fans around the world.

CREDIT: CristóBal / Popaesthete.com

Happy birthday, Yma!

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