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Obit: Cesaria Evora (1941-2011)

Vic Smith 17 Dec 11 - 09:36 AM
Megan L 17 Dec 11 - 09:47 AM
Vic Smith 17 Dec 11 - 10:19 AM
Bainbo 17 Dec 11 - 10:46 AM
ChanteyLass 17 Dec 11 - 09:37 PM
Joe Offer 17 Dec 11 - 09:43 PM
Vic Smith 20 Dec 11 - 04:09 AM
Baz Bowdidge 20 Dec 11 - 07:40 AM
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Subject: Cesaria Evora
From: Vic Smith
Date: 17 Dec 11 - 09:36 AM

Miguel Santos has posted on Facebook:-

RIP Cesaria Evora... Sodade!

Can anyone confirm this? Last I heard - in September - was the Lusafrica announcement that she had ended her singing career due to poor health. It's made me get out that lovely Radio Mindelo album again.

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Subject: RE: Cesaria Evora
From: Megan L
Date: 17 Dec 11 - 09:47 AM

wiki give her date of death as 17th December but give no citation for the fact

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Subject: RE: Cesaria Evora
From: Vic Smith
Date: 17 Dec 11 - 10:19 AM

At it says

On December 17, 2011, Cesária Évora died in São Vicente, in her native Cape Verde, from cardiorespiratory insufficiency and hypertension.

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Subject: RE: Cesaria Evora
From: Bainbo
Date: 17 Dec 11 - 10:46 AM

Wikipedia cites this obituary on the website of a Portuguese newspaper, Diario de Noticias.

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Subject: RE: Cesaria Evora
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 17 Dec 11 - 09:37 PM

It's here, too.

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Subject: RE: Obit: Cesaria Evora
From: Joe Offer
Date: 17 Dec 11 - 09:43 PM

Here's the Associated Press obituary, published in the Washington Post:
    Singer Cesaria Evora was called the 'Barefoot Diva'
    By Barry Hatton, Saturday, December 17, 2:50 PM

    Cesaria Evora, 70, who started singing as a teenager in the bayside bars of Cape Verde in the 1950s and won a Grammy Award in 2003 after she took her African islands music to stages across the world, died Dec. 17 at a hospital in Mindelo, on her native island of Sao Vicente in Cape Verde.

    Her record label, Lusafrica, released the information without providing further details.

    A heavy smoker for decades, Ms. Evora was diagnosed with heart problems in 2005. She had strokes in 2008 and in September, when she announced she was retiring.

    Known as the “Barefoot Diva” because she always performed without shoes, Ms. Evora sang the traditional music of Cape Verde, a group of islands off West Africa formerly a Portuguese colony. She mostly sang in the version of Creole spoken there, but even audiences who couldn’t understand the lyrics were moved by her stirring renditions, her unpretentious manner and the music’s infectious beat.

    Her singing style brought comparisons to American singer Billie Holiday.

    “She belongs to the aristocracy of bar singers,” French newspaper Le Monde said in 1991, adding that Ms. Evora had “a voice to melt the soul.”

    Evora’s international fame came late in life with her 1988 album “La Diva Aux Pieds Nus” (“Barefoot Diva”). It was recorded in France, where Evora first found popularity and launched her international career.

    Her 1995 album “Cesaria” was released in more than a dozen countries and brought her first Grammy nomination, leading to a tour of major concert halls around the world and album sales in the millions.

    She won a Grammy in the world music category in 2003 for her album “Voz D’Amor.”

    Ms. Evora was the best-known performer of “morna,” Cape Verde’s national music, which arose from the African and seafaring traditions of the country’s10 volcanic islands.

    Cesaria Evora was born Aug. 27, 1941, and grew up in Mindelo, a port city of 47,000 with a cosmopolitan air and a fabled nightlife.

    “Our music is a lot of things,” Ms. Evora told the Associated Press in 2000. “Some say it’s like the blues, or jazz. Others says it’s like Brazilian or African music, but no one really knows. Not even the old ones.”

    She was 7 when her father died, and she entered an orphanage three years later.

    At 16, while working as a seamstress, a friend persuaded her to sing in one of the many sailors’ taverns in her town. As her popularity grew, she was rowed out into the bay to sing on anchored ships.

    She received no pay — just free drinks. She used to smile when she recalled her fame as a heavy cognac drinker.

    Ms. Evora didn’t think much of her international stardom and she went back to Mindelo whenever she could. She rebuilt her childhood home, turning it into a 10-bedroom house where friends and family often stayed.

    She had a son and a daughter by different men but never married.

    — Associated Press

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Subject: RE: Obit: Cesaria Evora (1941-2011)
From: Vic Smith
Date: 20 Dec 11 - 04:09 AM

Garth Cartwright's obituary in today's The Guardian and on-line at:-

Cesária Évora obituary

Singer behind the popularity of Cape Verde's morna ballads

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Subject: RE: Obit: Cesaria Evora (1941-2011)
From: Baz Bowdidge
Date: 20 Dec 11 - 07:40 AM

That is sad to hear. A wonderful unique voice who, as said, was only 'discovered' at 47 in Cape Verde by her French manager to begin her recording career.
Around 15 years ago after hearing and buying her second album 'Distino Di Belita' I saw her in concert at one of her annual appearances at the Royal Festival Hall.
Smoking was part of her act when she stopped for a cigarette break, facing out from the stage, to be applauded by the audience.
The funniest thing, but sadly this is most likely to be the cause of her demise.
Sodade (longing)

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