This is the first album Luaka Bop made with Susana Baca. Up until this excellent 1997 release she had never released a record before. She had recorded some but they never came out. This was because in Peru, Afro Peruvian music was not considered to have any value. Baca's singing – sometimes plaintive, sometimes a purr, always evocative – hangs gracefully over sophisticated songs, equal parts rhythm and emotion. The New York Times proclaimed that, "Ms. Baca, with her cool, distinct voice, as beautiful as any working in pop, has the strength to create her own tradition."