African slave's lament from 1943 Argentina Session. (trad. arr. Moisés Vivanco - 3:12)
Recorded in 1943 - view lyrics
|Review and Analysis of Payande by Nicholas E. Limansky
From Yma Sumac - The Art Behind the Legend
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|Payande is an African folk lament, a lullaby. It is the most exquisite of all Yma's early disks. Accompanied only by guitar, the song is sung completely within Yma's lush, mezzo-soprano register. Her warmly hued timbre and her attention to textual details provide the listener with one of the most hauntingly beautiful performances she ever put to disk. Without artifice, Yma demonstrates surprisingly potent interpretive powers that never distort or intrude on the music's inherent simplicity. This musical understatement is most effective. After a single hearing the listener is haunted by the extraordinarily direct beauty of this performance as well as Yma's nostalgic, wistful delivery. Unfortunately this is not yet on CD.|