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Eva Ayllón (born February 6, 1956 as María Angélica Ayllón Urbina), a composer and singer, is one of Peru’s foremost Afro-Peruvian musicians, and one of the country’s most enduring stars. She adopted the stage name “Eva” from her maternal grandmother, Eva, who initiated her in vocalization at the age of three. As a child and teen, Eva Ayllón sang in school competitions and later on television and radio. Throughout the early 1970s, Eva appeared in many música criolla musical groups (locally called “peñas criollas”) such as Rinconcito Monsefuano, La peña de los Ugarte, Los Mundialistas o Callejón and Los Kipus. Eva sang as the lead voice in this popular trio from 1973 through 1975, eventually leaving the group to pursue a solo career. By 1979, she began touring internationally, with appearances in Europe, the United States, Canada, and Japan and since then her music and live performances are requested on a yearly basis at international music events. In 1989, Eva formed Los Hijos del Sol (Children of the Sun), a supergroup made up of Peruvian musical stars in an effort to promote Peruvian music through performance and recording. In addition to Música Criolla, Eva emerged as the leading exponent of Afro-Peruvian landós and festejos.
Eva released her first US album, “Eva! Leyenda Peruana”, on Times Square Records in 2004. Since then, Eva’s musical presence continues to expand boundaries. In her commitment to broaden the awareness of afro-Peruvian culture, Eva changed her residence from Lima, Peru to New Jersey that same year. And since then, Eva and her group have been touring across Europe, North America and Latin America extensively. “Leyenda Peruana” gained praise and recognition in different latitudes, and in Germany it received the Critic’s choice award for Best Traditional Recording. The group is about to embark on another US and European tour to introduce new cities and new countries to Eva Ayllon’s music.