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Birth Name: Zoila Augusta Emperatriz Chávarri del Castillo
Born: 1922/09/13
Birth Place: Ichocán, Cajamarca, Peru
Died: 2008/11/01
Years Active: 1942-1997
Genres: Exotica

Yma Sumac (September 13, 1922 – November 1, 2008) was a noted Peruvian soprano. In the 1950s, she was one of the most famous proponents of exotica music and became an international success, based on the merits of her extreme vocal range, which was said to be "well over four octaves" and was sometimes claimed to span even five octaves at her peak.

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