Susana Baca


Friday 21 April 2023 Doors 7pm
The Jazz Cafe
5 Parkway
020 7485 6834

This is Susana Baca’s first London show in many years. Born in Lima, Peru, she hails from a long family line of illustrious Afro-Peruvian artists and musicians. A three-time Latin Grammy winner, Baca marked the 50th year of her career in 2021 with the  award-winning album, Palabras Urgentes (on Realworld).

Initially trained as a teacher, Susana Baca later began to study music, travelling along Peru’s coastline and collecting first-hand testimonies and documents from Peru’s Afro-Peruvian people. 

In 1995, Susana’s version of Maria Lando featured on the Luaka Bop album Afro-Peruvian Classics: The Soul of Black Peru. The album, and her subsequent friendship and working relationship with David Byrne, became fundamental to Susana’s musical career. Her debut solo album for Luaka Bop, Susana Baca, was released in 1997. Since then, she has made the Afro-Peruvian repertoire her own. 

Throughout the 2000s she released a number of albums for the Luaka Bop label including Eco de Sombras (2000), Espíritu Vivo (2002), Travesías (2006), Seis Poemas (2009) & Afrodiaspora (2011). During 2011 she held the post of Minister of Culture in Peru.

‘Magnificent’ Le Monde

‘One of the most seductive albums of the year’ The Times

18+. All attenders must carry valid photo ID.