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Legend of the Sun Virgin

catalog no: L-299
Reissue of second album from New Zealand.  Mfg. by His Master's Voice (N.Z.) Ltd.

A review is available. A copy exists in the Archives in case there are specific questions about it. The Tiki logo is not on the actual artwork.

His Master's Voice (Capitol Records) - Monophonic - 1952 New Zealand   10" LP

Historical notes
Liner Notes
Yma Sumac was a new artist in a new country when her first album, "Voice of the Xtabay" appeared.  Since that time, not so long ago, her success has made record history.  And her amazing four octave range has been heard in every corner of the civilized world, to delight listeners of all ages.

A native Peruvian and direct descendant of the Inca Kings, Miss Sumac draws the inspiration for this new album from her colorful background and heritage.  The ancient Incas worshiped the Sun God and the Moon Goddess Quilla.  Every year the most beautiful maidens were selected to become Virgins of the Sun, serving in the convent which rivaled in splendor the Inca's palace.

The sacred flame was entrusted to the Virgins and if by neglect it was allowed to go out, it was believed that some terrible disaster would follow.

The Virgin assumed holy vows which bound her to the temple service.  Should she prove unfaithful to her vows, she was buried alive, while her lover was strangled, and the village to which he belonged razed "so that no stone stood upon another."

Moisés VIVANCO, talented and famous South American Composer, has written inspired music that serves as an ideal vehicle for Miss Sumac's thrilling performance.

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      side one

    1. Karibe Taki    (Hernán Braña) - 2:49
    2. Witallia!    (Moisés Vivanco) - 2:23
    3. Lament    (Moisés Vivanco) - 3:15
    4. Zana    (Moisés Vivanco) - 1:59

      side two

    1. Kuyaway    (trad. arr. Moisés Vivanco) - 2:25
    2. Suray Surita    (Moisés Vivanco) - 3:15
    3. No Es Vida    (Moisés Vivanco) - 2:17
    4. Mamallay!    (Moisés Vivanco) - 2:53
    5. total play time (approx): 21:16

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