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Review, Analysis and Recordings Containing
Waraka Tusuy
Waraka Tusuy Monophonic
Indian dance from Cuzco.  (trad. arr. Moisés Vivanco - 3:19)
Recorded in 1943

Review and Analysis of Waraka Tusuy by Nicholas E. Limansky
From Yma Sumac - The Art Behind the Legend
used with permission - all rights reserved, © Nicholas E. Limansky
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Waraka Tusuy, a native dance from Cuzco, is a favorite recording piece with Peruvian flute singers and is given a bravura performance by Yma.  Her performance ranks with Sipas Tika as one of the best.  Yma's voice rings out with authority in the studio's acoustics and her rise to a pair of high Cs belies the difficulty in such a feat.  Yma's performance is certainly better than the sluggish, heavy-handed version by Wara Wara.  A staccato marathon, Yma dances faster and faster among the intricate passages.  It is unfortunate that this recording is not better known.
Waraka Tusuy  is included on the following releases
catalog no: UR 836
Part of the 1943 Argentina Session and probably dates back to the original release in 1943 1943 Uruguay
catalog no: 57006 A
Single from early recording session probably dates back to the original release due to the spelling of her name. 1943 Argentina
It is not known with which other track this was originally paired. 1943 Perú
catalog no: A7783
78 single from earliest recording session 1943 Australia
catalog no: DP 281
Early 1943 material recorded in Argentina, probably a later reissue due to the spelling of her name which was not used before 1950 1950 Netherlands
catalog no: 275394
Due to the spelling of Yma Sumac's name, which was first used in 1950, this release was not made before that. 1950 Turkey
catalog no: B 71187
One of the many reissues of Yma Sumac's 1943 tracks. There were several Italian releases of this 78 rpm single with variations in label color only. This release has pink labels while others have purple labels. 1950 Italy
catalog no: DP 281
Early 1943 material recorded in Argentina, probably a later reissue due to the spelling of her name which was not used before 1950 1950 United Kingdom
catalog no: A.7783
Early 1943 material recorded in Argentina, probably a later reissue due to the spelling of her name which was not used before 1950 1950 New Zealand
catalog no: B 71187
78 rpm single from Yma Sumac's early recording sessions in Argentina in 1943. This particular pressing was made later in Italy from those early sessions. There were several Italian releases of this 78 rpm single with variations in label color only. This release has purple labels while others have pi . . . 1950 Italy
catalog no: 15006
This release of Yma's first recording session has her name spelled Imma Sumack so probably dates to the original 1943 release. 1943 Chile
catalog no: X3381
Single pressing from Brazil of Yma Sumac's early recording session. Due to the spelling of her name, this release was from 1950 at the earliest. 1950 Brazil
catalog no: LDC-522
Compilation of earliest recordings from 1943. 1952 Argentina
catalog no: LD-1045
The Voice of Gold Sings the Hymns of the Incas. Early 10" release from Peru containing tracks from Yma Sumac's 1943 Argentina recording session. Several releases used this same cover art which features a still frame from the 1954 Hollywood film, Secret of the Incas but with a different track se . . . 1955 Perú
catalog no: BYD77004
27 track compilation featuring pre-1955 material along with several 1943 Argentina Session tracks. Good selection of material but the booklet contains many inaccuracies over the usual. For example, her name was spelled as Ymma throughout when that spelling was used only on one obscure release from t . . . 2008 United Kingdom
catalog no: JOM-1027-3
All eighteen tracks from Yma Sumac's first recording sessions in 1943, along with five others by El Conjunto Folklorico Peruano de Moisés Vivanco and soloists that were part of the same sessions. This earliest material was recorded in Argentina under the name Imma Sumack, which was her or . . . 2011 United States
catalog no: BLUE103CD
Fully remastered, all eighteen tracks from Yma Sumac's first recording sessions in 1943, along with five others by El Conjunto Folklorico Peruano de Moisés Vivanco and soloists that were part of the same sessions. This earliest material was recorded in Argentina under the name Imma Sumack, wh . . . 2012 United Kingdom
catalog no: 23351
76 Hits and Rarities from the goddess of Exotica. More details and track for this September 2012 collection coming soon. 2012 United Kingdom
catalog no: GSS 5482
This 3-CD set advertised as being from Holland but package and disk printing indicate it was made in Portugal. Released in March 2008 and contains 47 tracks, this boxed set contains three standard jewel cases all with the same cover art and no booklet or notes. The box cover is shown. 2008 Portugal
catalog no: BLUE102CD
Double CD collection features remastered tracks from the 1943 Argentina Session along with those from the Capitol Records years. 2005 United Kingdom
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