Twice winner of the coveted Latin American Grammy Award, for the Best Folk Album for Lamento Negro in 2002 and again for her participation in the Latin-American super group Los Super Seven which included Mexican stars from Los Lobos and the Brazilian legend Caetano Veloso, Susana Baca is the singer who has introduced Afro-Peruvian music to the world. The musical legacy of the Africans who created communities along the Peruvian coast is her passion. Her whole life has been dedicated to celebrating her African heritage keeping the irresistible rhythms of her ancestors alive. Born in 1944, Baca grew up in the village of Chorillos on the outskirts of Lima, inhabited mainly by black fishermen. The artist says their lives were poor, but they spent time playing various instruments, singing and dancing. At the turn of the 70s and 80s, the Peruvian composer and singer Chabuca Granda became her mentor. It is thanks to her that Baca started to deal professionally with the Afro-Peruvian repertoire. The success came in 1995 with the release of David Byrne's compilation album The Soul of Black Peru, featuring Baca's Maria Lando track. Since that time, Baca has regularly released records, most of them at Byrne's label Luaka Bop. Her voice is compared with that of Cesaria Evora or Celia Cruz. Baca often writes her songs in cooperation with recognized Latin poets, using her soft melancholic voice to portray evocative images. Many of her songs take in their form from typical Afro-Peruvian and Creole music, including land? and vals criolla, combining the elements of the African, Andean and Spanish heritage.