I’m currently watching “A South American Journey with Jonathan Dimbleby” on BBC2. It is quite interesting but a bit silly – not least in even attempting to tell us much about such a massive and diverse continent in 3 one hour programmes. Still, I’ll stick with it because 1. I’m embarrassingly ignorant about South America and so should learn at least something and 2. the landscape is amazing and some of the photography is stunning.
So, I’m inspired to do a mini series of South American tracks. Not that I have a great deal of music from South America – unless I cheat and include the Carribean. But if Dimblebum can encompass the area in three programmes, I can surely do at least as well in a few tracks of music!
I’m starting with Susana Baca, who has a following around the world but is not a superstar by any means. And it is a timely posting too as Baca was recently appointed as Peru’s culture minister, making her the country’s first black government minister since independence from Spain in 1821.
The track I have selected is the title track from her album Lamento Negro which won a Latin Grammy in 2002. the album was recorded in Cuba nearly two decades before the Grammy win.