Although now considered enigmatic and mysterious, Imma Sumak was originally billed as a folk singer. It wasn’t until a now legendary 1949 performance at the Hollywood Bowl that she suddenly burst onto the American music scene. In 1950, with the release of her first album, Voice of the Xtabay, and thanks to the marketing department Imma Sumack became “Yma Sumac” queen of vocal exotica with expensive gowns outlandish Peruvian jewellery, and colossal stage shows. This CD collection covers her music from the 1943 folk discs to the phenomenal 1954 Mambo! album. Here you will find the very best of her recordings and discover the voice of a Peruvian Folk singer with a voice that had the finesse, range and quality of an opera singer.