Yma-Sumac.com is run by The Estate of Yma Sumac and was created in mid-2004 with the active participation of Yma Sumac herself. It is the official website of the Diva and all its contents are strictly copyrighted.
Miss Sumac's estate consists of thousands of vintage original photos (original negatives and color transparencies included) both personal and professional, as well as vintage documents, letters (both personal and professional), previously unpublished music and a great deal of her professional wardrobe and jewels (some of which were on display in a London fashion museum in the summer of 2018).
Co-webmaster of this website (Damon Devine) was Yma Sumac's personal assistant, makeup artist, webmaster, and eventual caregiver her last 11 years. Because of his position in her life he has been able to grant interviews to numerous publications from the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, numerous magazines, podcasts, TV, and radio shows all over the world.
In addition to being a homage to the great Diva, this site is undoubtedly the definitive as far as factual information. As we know, there is much mystery surrounding Yma Sumac and her origins, marriage, career and personal life. Anything written herein is information taken directly from vintage original official documents and letters from 1941 to 2008. Wiki would not accept use of these, therefore Wiki should not be taken seriously when reporting or learning about Yma Sumac.
Damon Devine and Yma Sumac working on the website, Nov. 2004.
Most images of Yma Sumac seen online are copyrighted by The Estate of Yma Sumac with the exception of those licensed by known photo licensing agencies (such as Getty, Alamy or Zumapress etc) and Public Domain publicity shots. Any content watermarked:
Estate of Yma Sumac
is not authorized outside of those web pages run by Damon Devine (intellectual property estate owner of Yma Sumac). All rights were granted to Mr. Devine by Yma Sumac herself in 2005. All content you see here and on her other official accounts (Instagram, Facebook and YouTube) come from the personal collection of Yma Sumac and are from her original negatives, color transparencies, and film, and reel to reel audio tapes.
Images and music can be licensed to media outlets (newspapers, magazines, websites, TV, documentaries, advertisements etc) and there is a SHOP page for personal use only. While we own and have copyright to all music on this website, Capitol Records owns copyright to all of Sumac's in-studio 1950's commercially released recordings. Our licensing is completely separate from Capitol Records and not related.
No content herein, be it music, video or images can be used for any social media under any circumstances without written permission. This includes YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok and Twitter.
We will gladly provide samples of Public Domain images upon request (contact us here). Interviews are also granted when requested, as co-webmaster of this website is the former personal assistant, makeup artist, friend and eventual caregiver to Miss Sumac.