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Barefoot Diva Cesaria Evora / Music
…At 45 she was a drunk overweight almost blind old woman. At 47 she recorded her first album that went gold.
When you first see Cesaria Evora, you see a woman who hardly walks – she moves with the world-weary shuffle of a woman who has lived a long while – she'll turn 70 in August. Heavy steps betray a body that has borne too much weight, too many hardships and, maybe, too many heartbreaks. But when you hear her rich mellow voice, singing a mournful genre of blues music known as morna, her exquisite melancholy and emotional resiliency of her performance will haunt you forever.
Her exceptional depth and expressiveness recall legends like Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf, with a husky alto deepened by a lifelong habit of two packs of Marlboro Reds a day as well as 35 years' worth of whiskey and cognac. Add to it living on a poor African island of Cape Verde, three children from different fathers, no prospect of marriage, and you get the picture of Evora’s life. From that experience she draws much of the emotion to convey sodade, a mixture of nostalgia, melancholy and tenderness.
Cesaria Evora has been singing since she was 16. Despite being a local star in Cape Verde and a few recorded albums, there was no real progress in her work. In 1975, gravely disappointed because of personal and financial issues, she quit performing and moved in with her mother. She was 34. Cesaria Evora entered the world musical scene as...
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