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Cesaria Evora
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Vocalist
    (August 27, 1941-December 17, 2011)
    Born in Mindelo, Cape Verde
    Recorded the albums 'La Diva Aux Pieds Nus' (1988), 'Distino di Belita' (1990), 'Mar Azul' (1991), 'Miss Perfumado' (1992), 'Cesaria' (1995), 'Cabo Verde' (1997), 'Cafe Atlantico' (1999), 'Sao Vicente di Longe' (2001), 'Voz d'Amor' (2003), 'Rogamar' (2006) and 'Nha Sentimento' (2009)
    Won a Grammy for Best Contemporary World Music Album (2004)
    Best-known performer internationally of morna (national music of Cape Verde
    As a teen, she began singing in sailors' taverns for free drinks.
    She said, 'I've never married. I've had three kids with different men.'
    She retired from music, unable to make a living from singing (1975).
    During her concerts, she would stop and smoke a cigarette on stage while the band played an instrumental number.
    She was known as 'the barefoot diva,' since she usually performed without shoes.
    After her father died, she was placed in an orphanage, since her mother was unable to raise six children.
    Her songs were included on an anthology of Cape Verdean music (1985), leading to her first performances in Europe and her first album.
    Although her performing barefoot was often described as a show of solidarity with the poor, her explanation was, 'In Cape Verde, lots of people are like me. They just don't like to wear shoes.'
    Her singing style was compared to Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf.
    'Le Monde' wrote that she had 'a voice to melt the soul.'
    She received the French Legion of Honor (2009).
    Upon her death, Cape Verde declared two days of national mourning.

Credit: C. Fishel


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