Singer Susana Baca will be Peru’s next minister of culture


Susana Baca (Photo: El Comercio /Archive )

The last two remaining ministries of the new administration have been filled. An article published by El Comercio reported that women would fill the remaining two ministries.

Singer Susana Baca has been put forward as Minister of Culture. Baca is a Latin Grammy winner and through her touring has promoted Afro-Peruvian music around the world. The renowned singer has no previous experience in government.

Baca graduated from Cantuta University, where she studied education. Aside from a performer, she is also a scholar of Peruvian music. Baca is a member of the ethics board Proética, and in 1987 she was named a Cultural Ambassador of Goodwill for UNICEF in Peru. She has also directed an NGO called ‘Water, Snow’, which sought to promote culture.

President-elect Ollanta Humala also named Patricia Salas O’Brian as Minister of Education.

Salas has a PhD in Social Sciences from the Universidad Católica Santa María in Arequipa. She has led studies in development strategies and social policy at the University San Agustín in Arequipa.

Salas has also been president of the National Council of Education. She also participated in the design of the National Education Project, which was presented to the government for implementation.