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date: 18 January 2020

Granda (Larco), (María Isabel) [Chabuca]locked

  • Javier F. León

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(Larco), (María Isabel) [Chabuca]

(b Cotabambas, Apurímac, Peru, Sept 3, 1920; d Fort Lauderdale, FL, March 8, 1983). Peruvian singer and composer. Granda was one of the most important and influential composers in the Limeño criollo tradition. She was fascinated with local forms of criollo popular music, and though brought up in an upper-middle class environment, was a champion of criollo working class music. She was a prolific songwriter, whose early compositions in the 1950s, including valses like José Antonio, Fina estampa, and Flor de la canelam, with their nostalgic lyrics yearning for a Lima of old, were instrumental in the popularization of the vals criollo among the upper classes. In the 1960s, Granda’s compositional style moved further away from traditional conventions and began to explore complex poetic forms influenced by the work of individuals such as Peruvian poet Javier Heraud and Chilean composer Violeta Parra. During the latter part of her career, Granda experimented with Afro-Peruvian genres and collaborated with young Afro-Peruvian musicians in the search for a new sound. She remains an important influence in the work of many artists, particularly former protégés such as composer Andrés Soto, guitarist Félix Casaverde, and singer Susana Baca....

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