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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Rogamar

1. Sombras Di Distino

2. Un Pincelada

3. Avenida Marginal

4. Africa Nossa

5. Tiche

6. Soa Tome Na Equador

7. Rogamar

8. Amor E Mar

9. Modje Trofel

10. Rosie

11. Travessa De Peixeira

12. Mas Um Sonho

13. Mar Nha Confidente

14. Saiona D'Vinte Año

15. Vaga Lenta

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Track List: Voz D'amor

1. Isolada

2. Velocidade

3. Amdjer De Nos Terra

4. Beijo Roubado

5. Djarmai Di Meu

6. Monte Cara

7. Ramboia

8. Jardim Prometido

9. Nha Coracao Tchora

10. Saia Travada

11. Pomba

12. Mar De Canal

13. Milca Ti Lidia

14. Voz D'amor

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Track List: Sao Vicente

1. Sao Vicente Di Longe

2. Homem Na Meio Di Homem

3. Temp Y Silencio (feat. Pedro Guerra)

4. Sabor De Pecado

5. Dor Di Amor

6. Nutridinha

7. Regresso (feat. Caetano Veloso)

8. Esperanca Irisada

9. Ponta De Fi

10. Crepuscular Solidao (feat. Bonnie Raitt)

11. Linda Mimosa (feat. Orquesta Aragon)

12. Negue (feat. Chucho Valdes)

13. Bondade E Maldade

14. Fada

15. Pic Nic Na Salamansa

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Track List: Cafe Atlantico

1. Flor Di Nha Esperanca

2. Vaquinha Mansa

3. Amor Di Mundo

4. Paraiso Di Atlantico

5. Sorte

6. Carnaval De Sao Vicente

7. Desilusao Dum Amdjer

8. Nho Antone Escaderode

9. Beijo De Longe

10. Roma Criola

11. Perseguida

12. Maria Elena

13. Cabo Verde Manda Mantenha

14. Terezinha

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Track List: Cesaria Evora Remixes By Francois K. & Joe Claussell

1. Carnaval De Sao Vicente (Jazzy Carnaval Mix By Francois K. & Joe Claussell)

2. Carnaval De Sao Vicente (Acroostic Ambient Dub By Francois K. & Joe Claussell)

3. Carnaval De Sao Vicente (Body & Soul Vocal Mix By Francois K. & Joe Claussell)

4. Carnaval De Sao Vicente (Bonus Beats By Francois K. & Joe Claussell)

5. Sangue De Beirona (Main Pass By Francois K.)

6. Sangue De Beirona (Body & Soul Vocal By Francois K. & Joe Claussel)

7. Sangue De Beirona (Spiritual Wave Dub By Francois K. & Joe Claussel)

8. Sangue De Beirona (FKs Drum Mix By Francois K. & Joe Claussel)

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Track List: Mae Carinhosa (Single)

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MERAVIGLIOSA !!!!!!!!!!!! ! !
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lamicampos
Obrigada por aqui sempre, o meu Miss Perfumado... muito saudades tenho de você. Sua voz, tuda suavidade, tudo sentimento, tesoro de mundo lusófono, demais de humanidade.. .
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tereasay58
I saw live on stage on Davis Ca I will miss her dearly
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She is a treasure to Cabo Verde, we miss u much��
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Cesaria Evora's Sound is Beautiful
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I don't understand the Lyrics I don't speak her language, but the Sound of the Music gentle soft smooth, romantic feeling it gives me is beyond measure. I love her sounds and will continue to listen to them as long as I live.
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How I would love to go see her in concert.
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Cesaria Evora Me gustas tu!
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tish.monte12 3
She is and was magnificent!
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Love this music danceable and the words Great great great singer listen to her for whole day and origin of music is fascinating
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fatadevis
Music straight from her native land's soul. Beautiful like no other. Seen her in concert in NYC, about two years before she passed. Barefoot walking the stage, singing with a voice that could melt stones. Will never forget, her music is on my Ipod and will keep me company forever
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A taste of the island life
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Love her music.
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OK !!!!!!!!!!
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LIKE ! LIKE !!!!!!!!!!!
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Cesaria , una voce immortale ! ! Grazie Pandora ! !
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She sounds good
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Who the hey was she
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CESARIA EVORA , UNICALE !!!!!! GRAZIE !
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Pure joy and magic !
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Her life in a voice. The grace of age, the wisdom and pain of living in her songs. Magnifico voz! Outra vez...
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Voz D'amor,ma che harmonia.... . G r a z i e !
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She sang with the at the Cape Verden Vets hall in New Bedford with the band To I Grace and the Verda Tones backing her. My Dad, Freddie Silva was the lead guitar
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Beijo Roubado ,Cesaria magnifico !
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got to see her.live at new yorks bottom line. very good show
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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
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highway20009
Love her music.
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This one with Bonga is marvelous. I loved the song in the past but even more with Bonga.
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Love my heritage
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Even if u don't understand the lyrics, u can still feel it though your heart, we will miss u Cesaria ^_^
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alhassantish a
Fabulous she make me remember family ... Love ... My nana.....!!!
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A Reina!
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She's amazing!
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Incomparable ! ! ! Divine!!! One of a kind. I love her and her music.
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My very best Cesaria...! The magic you bring to us while singing is everything we need
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jae_amir
The crioula queen of cape verdean music, much love... R.I.P.
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dont understand a word you say, my dear lady but your voice speaks a million words to me. R.I.P sweet diva........ . . .
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zborrini2007 8
You're good, play of hard sought peace
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Esta mulher foi fenomenal que voz!
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She, her voice was for me My Grandmothers hand, the love will never be lost...
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beautiful voice:-)
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Such a beatiful voice....
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Loved her...great write up..
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delfclearlig h t
amazing!! thank you! rip
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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!
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Rest in Peace, Cesaria died in December, 2011, leaving us all this wonderful music. I was lucky to see her in person once.
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hauntingly beautiful voice! one of my all time favorites.
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EN VERDAD NO SE NECESITA HABLAR EL IDIOMA , QUE ESTA EXTRAORDINAR I A ARTISTA PORQUE LLEGA AL ALMA.
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I REALLY LOVE ALL HER RECORDS, SHE DEFENETELLY WAS GIFTED
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ONE OF THE MUST PROFOUND SINGER OF THE 21TH CENTURY, SHE WILL BE MISSED, BUT NEVER FORGETTEN.
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