Peruvian-born Tania Libertad has been one of the most widely celebrated artists in the Latin world for many years. As a stylist, she's been all over the musical map in the course of 35 albums.

Peruvian-born Tania Libertad has been one of the most widely celebrated artists in the Latin world for many years. As a stylist, she's been all over the musical map in the course of 35 albums. But when it came time to track "Negro Color," Libertad chose to return to the Afro-Peruvian rhythms that strongly influenced her as a young woman. The songs on "Negro Color" are all boleros, but Libertad and collaborators Sonia Cornuchet (piano) and Felix Casaverde (acoustic guitar) interpret these songs via a variety of Afro-Peruvian rhythms. The variations in mood and tempo from track to track can be striking. "Dos Gardenias," for instance, has a languid, jazz-like feel, while "La Cuerda Floja," a bittersweet lyric, is animated by an equally sensual but more playful uptempo rhythm. One of the most engaging aspects of "Negro Color" is that Libertad exploits the exceptional emotional range she possesses as a vocalist.—PVV