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Friday, September 6

Miami Herald In her latest CD, Baca `outsings the birds' -- and some of the pain: "Baca first came to the attention of many outside Peru through ex-Talking Head and world-music honcho David Byrne. The story goes that, while taking Spanish lessons six years ago, Bowie [should read Byrne] heard a tape of hers and was so moved that he booked a flight to Lima and signed her to his Luaka Bop label. She first appeared on the label's Soul of Black Peru compilation and later released her own discs, Susana Baca and Eco de Sombras (Echo of Shadows). Baca realizes that, without Byrne, she might never have reached the audience she does now -- not that she would have let that stop her."

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