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Cesaria Evora

A native of the island nation of Cape Verde, Cesária Évora was known as the country's foremost practitioner of the morna, which is strongly associated with the islands and combines West African percussion with Portuguese fados, Brazilian modhinas, and British sea shanties. Évora began singing morna at age 16 after meeting an attractive young guitarist. Her talent soon had her performing all over the islands, and in the late '60s two of her radio tapes were released as albums in the Netherlands and Portugal, respectively.

However, Évora never left her country, and gave up singing in the mid-'70s owing to lack of profit. In 1985, at the age of 45, she decided to return to music and traveled to Portugal to record two songs for an anthology of female Cape Verdean singers. This led to subsequent recording sessions in Paris, which resulted in four albums from 1988 to 1992. Her international fame grew, and she toured Europe, Africa, Brazil, and Canada, with stops in the United States to perform for Cape Verdean audiences. In the fall of 1995, she mounted her first large-scale American tour; subsequent recordings include 1997's Cabo Verde and 1999's Mar Azul and Cafe Atlantico.

With Évora now a certified international star, the new millennium didn't see any loss of momentum for the singer, and she continued to record and tour the globe. Her 2001 release, Sao Vicente, featured numerous collaborations, including appearances from Bonnie Raitt, Orquesta Aragón, and Brazilian superstar Caetano Veloso. Already a well-televised figure in Europe, her growing popularity in North America led to an appearance on The David Letterman Show; a DVD titled Live in Paris; the reissue of her 1974 album Distino di Belita; and the 2004 Grammy for Best Contemporary World Music recording for Voz d'Amor. The same year she was recognized by French culture minister Jean-Jacques Aillagon as an Officer des Arts et des Lettres.

After another extensive tour, in 2006 Évora released Rogamar, much of which was recorded in her hometown of Mindelo. Three years later, she released Nha Sentimento, another hometown affair, with more songs from the pen of Teofilo Chantre. Continuing heart trouble forced her to undergo surgery in 2010, and one year later, she retired from performing due to poor health. Three months after that announcement, on December 17, 2011, she died at a hospital in Mindelo. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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got to see her.live at new yorks bottom line. very good show
God Bless you always, Cesaria! You are an icon amongst the many other beautiful singers we were so blessed to hear! Your compassion, love, and light will radiate always! You are missed my lday
highway20009
Love her music.
This one with Bonga is marvelous. I loved the song in the past but even more with Bonga.
Love my heritage
Even if u don't understand the lyrics, u can still feel it though your heart, we will miss u Cesaria ^_^
alhassantish a
Fabulous she make me remember family ... Love ... My nana.....!!!
A Reina!
She's amazing!
Incomparable ! ! ! Divine!!! One of a kind. I love her and her music.
My very best Cesaria...! The magic you bring to us while singing is everything we need
jae_amir
The crioula queen of cape verdean music, much love... R.I.P.
dont understand a word you say, my dear lady but your voice speaks a million words to me. R.I.P sweet diva........ . . .
zborrini2007 8
You're good, play of hard sought peace
Esta mulher foi fenomenal que voz!
She, her voice was for me My Grandmothers hand, the love will never be lost...
beautiful voice:-)
Such a beatiful voice....
Loved her...great write up..
Is there a place where the Voice Goddesses live forever? Cesaria is there, with Amalia and La Negra and the divine Miss Sarah and the Little Sparrow.
delfclearlig h t
amazing!! thank you! rip
YOU LIVE IN MY HEART, YOUR MUSIC JUST DESCRIBES WHO I AM AND WHERE I COME FROM....DIVA E RAINHA D'NOS TERRA! REST IN PEACE!
Rest in Peace, Cesaria died in December, 2011, leaving us all this wonderful music. I was lucky to see her in person once.
hauntingly beautiful voice! one of my all time favorites.
EN VERDAD NO SE NECESITA HABLAR EL IDIOMA , QUE ESTA EXTRAORDINAR I A ARTISTA PORQUE LLEGA AL ALMA.
I REALLY LOVE ALL HER RECORDS, SHE DEFENETELLY WAS GIFTED
ONE OF THE MUST PROFOUND SINGER OF THE 21TH CENTURY, SHE WILL BE MISSED, BUT NEVER FORGETTEN.
LA LLEVARE EN MI CORAZON ,DONDE QUIERA QUE ESTE,
You will always be in my heart, lovely lady
QUE DESCANSE EN PAZ ESTA EXTRAORDINAR I A ARTISTA, QUE JAMAS SERA OLVIDADA, DEJO UNA HUELLA INCONFUNDIBL E , UNA VERDADERA MUSICA PAR AEL ALMA
isabel.sciak y
Rest in peace dear Lady. You are gone but your music will last forever.
UNA IMREPARABLE PERDIDA, UNA ARTISTA DE UN A CALIDAD MAJESTRAL, UNA VOZ IMCOOMPARABL E , SERA EXTRANADA PERO JAMAS OLVIDADA.
ONE OF MY FAVORITE SINGER OF THE WHOLR WORLD, JUST AN AMAZING SINGER, WONDERFULL UNIQUE VOICE, WHAT A LOST.
zacheus3
I played Atlantico for months in my car after the Sept 11 World Trade bombing. I will never forget that event . Cesario's music is always with me.
Richard Martin
peachie75
Gone but, her music will forever live on....love her music!!! R.I.P Cis
She is one of my favorites! So sad!!! Rest in pease! You will be mised!
kalamaschool
What a gift she is. Mar Azul is my favorite record ever and I don't under stand one line. Impeccable.
c-smith66
RIP Cesaria.... You'll be missed.
theoegeg
Rest in Peace Mama.
dewilliams73
Rest in peace
R.I.P.
emc_graphics
hipnotizing voice! love her!
fenipou
Clear voice, gracious style. Vaguely rough voice is sensual.
northpolesan t a m a i l
amazing!
very nice music
angelica_lug o
The lovely tone of her voice feels like velvet! I just love her!
Wonderful, wonderful, just wonderful!
aguilarchale
Her words don't have do be understood, just felt........ . . . .
ruth.hammell
She reaches the universal soul. She is a brilliant and unique talent.
nm227
She is something special !
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