6 Depot Square
Montclair, NJ 07042
PERUVIAN EXTRAVAGANZA featuring LULA VALDIVIA & SAOCO
Music Starts at 8pm
$25 pp Music Charge
$12 pp food/drink minimum
with special guests including Enrico Granafei-chromatic harmonica
and the participation of the Consul General of Peru, Yvan Solari Calvo
Lula Valdivia, singer, actress, recording star and television personality, moved to the United States from her native Peru only a few years ago, but her music has been internationally recognized throughout the world for decades. Most recently she has released a CD of bachatas, co-hosted a TV show, judged a vocal competition, appeared in commercials and been awarded special recognition for her accomplishments as an ambassadress of Peruvian culture in the U.S. She is quite an accomplished lady!
Renowned for the lyrical beauty of her voice and her rhythmic phrasing, Lula has captured U.S. aficionados of World Music, Jazz, Latin Jazz and Afro-Peruvian Music through her recordings and live performances.
Born in Arequipa, Peru, the second largest city in the country, Lula began to sing at an early age, influenced by her father, Dr. Félix Valdivia Cano, a guitarist who performed and composed folkloric songs; but it was her mother who encouraged her to share her unique talent by performing in public. She began her career at fourteen by singing international pop, rock and Latin American music with one of the most popular groups in Arequipa while also singing with a well-known jazz trio. These experiences helped her to develop a wide repertoire of music that encompassed jazz standards, bossa novas, boleros, criollo and pop music. She performed in several important festivals that headlined well-known singers including Celia Cruz, Joe Arroyo from Colombia, and Alejandra Guzmán from Mexico. In 1996 she won the coveted “Golden Voice of Festibuga,” the most important song festival in Latin America, held in Cali, Colombia. Victor Manuel presented Lula with the first prize in competition against the finest singers from ten Latin American countries This award brought Lula widespread recognition as a singer throughout her native Peru and the rest of South America.
Lula began to perform extensively throughout South America and Central America and upon returning to Peru was offered a recording contract with Iempsa, the most important recording company in Peru. She released her first CD, Decídete!, in 1999 to rave reviews from the press.