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SEPTEMBER 17, 2022
Hello, Sumac fans!

CELEBRATING THE CENTENARY OF YMA SUMAc

YMA SUMAC SQUARE IN HOLLYWOOD

 

OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT


Several months ago we created a beautifully illustrated proposal to Los Angeles District 13 office in hopes of creating an Yma Sumac Square in Hollywood. We used vintage certificates, photos, awards, and other accolades directly from the Official Yma Sumac Archives in the proposal. Carmen Miranda and Celia Cruz have square dedications, so it seemed quite appropriate that Yma Sumac should have one, too. Well, thanks to the dedication and support of Mitch O'Farrell's office, Hollywood, and the City of Los Angeles, it's going to happen! We invite you to the official unveiling (smack in the middle of Hollywood by Miss Sumac's star on the Walk of Fame!) at the intersection of Wilcox and Hollywood Blvd at 10:30am on September 22nd. Because Yma Sumac was the first singer of either gender to give concerts in all 4 corners of the world, plaques with her name will be on all 4 corners of the intersection! It will be great to see fellow Angelenos and Sumac fans in person for this extraordinary honor to our Diva, Yma Sumac.

 

YMA SUMAC SQUARE UNVEILING CEREMONY

Intersection of Hollywood Blvd and Wilcox Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90028

Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 10:30 AM

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YMA SUMAC COMEMORATIVE STAMP

There is a bit of controversy in Peru about them not having done anything significant for Yma Sumac's 100th birthday, in comparison to all Hollywood has done for her. Well...there is something beautiful they will have there and it will be released in the form of a nationwide postage stamp! Me and my assistant created the images seen on the stamp and its colorful packaging. A Peruvian artist added some very nice embellishments and this is the result! See? I'm quite a nice guy despite the bullshit a tacky little Peruvian queen wrote about me and the beautiful statue at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, in a Peruvian newspaper yesterday. We hope to order some of the stamps for the official archives. They'll be released in Peru by Serpost on September 30th and will be a limited edition of 5000.

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Here's an image of the Yma Sumac statue at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles. It will be a permanent addition to the iconic cemetery. The statue was made and donated by artist Martin Espinoza Grajeda and was brought all the way from France. We supplied around 50 images of Yma Sumac's face in every angle possible so the artist could sculp Yma Sumac's beautiful face and very recognizable make-up. This is the first statue of Yma Sumac to ever be installed for public viewing. 

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We were recently featured in a great article in the Los Angeles Times, you can read that here and in El Comercio from Peru, and you can find that here.

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