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Susana Baca: Memoria Viva

Singer Susana Baca has devoted her life to elevating the culture and experience of other Peruvians of African descent and she describes her music as a form of resistance. In this film we see her at home, on stage and in the recording studio.

AIRED: October 21, 2021 | 0:56:44
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Man: I heard Susana Baca from my Spanish teacher.

His name's Bernardo Palombo.

Some years ago, I was taking lessons from him,

and the idea would be that we would talk about music,

we would talk about culture and politics,

and I would learn this way.

And so, one day, he put in a videotape

of Susana singing "Maria Lando."

[ Baca singing "Maria Lando" ] And not only was her performance

and the song beautiful,

but I'd never heard this kind of music before.

So I asked him, "What kind of music is this?

Is there more like this, or is it just her?"

And he said, "Oh, it's a whole kind of music,

Afro-Peruvian music.

It's not very well-known, even in Peru.

It's almost underground.

But it exists, and has existed for many years.

But the recordings are very hard to find."

[ Singing in Spanish ]

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[ Baca speaking Spanish ]

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[ Baca speaking Spanish ]

[ Chuckles ]

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[ Baca speaking Spanish ]

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[ All singing in Spanish ]

[ Baca singing in Spanish ]

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[ Baca speaking Spanish ]

[ Whispers in Spanish ]

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[ Drum beating ]

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[ Baca speaking Spanish ]

[ Band playing up-tempo music ]

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[ Baca speaking Spanish ]

[ Band singing in Spanish ]

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[ Singing continues ]

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[ Speaking Spanish ]

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[ Baca speaking Spanish ]

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[ Imitating drum beat ]

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[ Baca speaking Spanish ]

[ Baca singing in Spanish ]

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[ Baca speaking Spanish ]

[ Drum beating, man singing in Spanish ]

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[ Drum beating ]

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[ Both conversing in Spanish ]

[ Singing in Spanish ]

[ Both singing in Spanish ]

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[ Dancing rhythmically ]

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[ Instrumental music playing ]

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[ Baca speaking Spanish ]

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[ Baca singing in Spanish ]

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[ Baca speaking Spanish ]

[ Brass band playing ]

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[ Speaking Spanish ]

[ Brass band playing ]

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[ Drum beating ]

[ Car horns honking ]

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[ Siren wailing ]

[ Baca speaking Spanish ]

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[ Guitar playing, man humming ]

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Yeah. Man: Oh, no. Okay.

This is this.

Yeah, this is -- That's the hit for that.

The vocal is before. Yeah.

[ Singing indistinctly ]

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One, two, three, four.

[ Baca speaking Spanish ]

Okay. Now let me get the vocal good.

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[ Speaking Spanish ]

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[ All singing musical beat ]

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[ Baca singing in Spanish ]

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[ Speaking Spanish ]

[ All conversing in Spanish ]

[ Laughter ]

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More bass!

Man: Yes. More bass.

Man #2: Yeah.

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[ All conversing in Spanish ]

[ Man shouts in Spanish ]

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[ Baca speaking Spanish ]

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[ Men singing in Spanish ]

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[ Speaking Spanish ]

[ Both laugh ]

[ Laughter ]

[ Both conversing in Spanish ]

[ Sounding out ] Forje -- Forje -- Les forje.

Les forje mortes.

Les forj--

Feuilles. Les feuilles mortes.

Feuilles. Forjet. Yeah, yeah.

Les feuilles mortes.

♪ Les feuilles mortes se ramassent à la pelle ♪

♪ Tu vois, je n'ai pas oublié ♪

♪ Les feuilles mortes se ramassent à la pelle ♪

♪ Les souvenirs et les regrets aussi ♪

♪ Et le vent du Nord les emporte ♪

♪ Dans la nuit froide de l'oubli ♪

♪ Tu vois, je n'ai pas oublié ♪

♪ La chanson que tu me chantais ♪

♪ C'est une chanson qui nous ressemble ♪

♪ Toi tu m'aimais, et je t'aimais ♪

♪ Nous vivions tous les deux ensemble ♪

♪ Toi qui m'aimais, moi qui t'aimais ♪

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[ Baca speaking Spanish ]

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Mm.

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[ Baca and band singing in Spanish ]

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[ Applause ]

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[ Baca singing in Spanish ]

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