MUSIC BY CESARIA EVORA: The “barefoot diva”
April 6, 2011 Leave a comment
I simply adore Cesaria Evora’s lively & touching songs!
She’s nicknamed the “barefoot diva” for performing without shoes, Évora is perhaps the best internationally known singer from Cape Verde. Cesária was born on August 27th, 1941 in Mindelo, São Vicente Island, Cape Verde. Cesária’s love affair with music began at early age when she used to sing from the bandstand on the main square accompanied by her brother Lela on the saxophone.
Cesária later met a Cape Verdean musician Eduardo who is claimed to have helped her sing on Radio Mindelo. Her reputation soon spread throughout the neighboring islands. She sang traditional Cape Verdean music style referred to as Coladeira and Mornas which are songs of sadness, sorrow, and yearning.
While she was singing at a restaurant in Lisbon Portugal to make money for her return ticket home, she met José da Silva who become her mentor and official producer. José fell in love with Cesária’s magnificent voice, and invited her to travel to Paris to make a record. Although Cesária has toured all over the world, she continues to perform concerts for her devoted fans.
I hope you enjoy Cesária’s music! 🙂 x♥x♥