Sunday, September 25, 2011

It's Sunday! Cesária Évora

"Je vais arrêter, un jour, mais pas que ça. En fait, j'arrête tout. Je n'ai pas de force, pas d'énergie. Je veux que vous disiez à mes fans : excusez-moi, mais maintenant, je dois me reposer. Je regrette infiniment de devoir m'absenter pour cause de maladie, j'aurais voulu donner encore du plaisir à ceux qui m'ont suivie depuis si longtemps."

Cesária Évora, Le Monde

Cesária Évora, the "Barefoot Diva" from Cape Vert retires from music at age 70 for health reasons. 

The Cape Verdean singer has been hailed as one of the world's greatest morna singers. And she sings in Creole, the Cape Verdean language (Portuguese language mixed with native language from Cabo Verde).

"The ballads of loss and homesickness that led to comparisions to Edith Piaf and Billie Holiday are considered the national music of Cape Verde, much as fado is for Portugal."

Nha Sentimento
(last album, 2009)

Évora began singing in the bars of Mindelo on São Vicente. Some year after she became to Portugal where she is most appreciated. Her albums Mar Azul, Miss Perfumado, but most of all her song Sodade brought the singer to an international career.

In 1988 she was invited to Paris to make a record, La Diva Aux Pieds Nus – which spread her "barefoot diva" nickname worldwide. 

By 1995, Cesária album was released in 20 countries and nominated for a Grammy. Évora finally began touring major concert halls across all over the world for 15 years. 

Last years she quiet alcohol addiction for health reasons. 

Read her interview with the French newspaper Le Monde.  

"Sodade" (saudade) is a Portuguese word "which describes a deep emotional state of nostalgic longing for something or someone that one loves and which is apart", but when the word used to describe the emotional essence of Cabo Verde's signature musical style, morna


Cesaria Evora would be a good example to talk about native languages and traditional music in the classroom.


(because it's Sunday time)

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Le Monde, Au bord du vide, Evora tire sa révérence

The Guardian, Singer Cesária Évora forced to retire on medical advice

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