Born on this day in 1941, celebrated Cesária Évora is an inspiration to many. The Cape Verdean vocalist and recording artiste nicknamed the “Barefoot Diva” for performing without shoes took the world by storm in the 1960s.
Évora began singing at a tender age. As an adult, she sang and performed at bars in her hometown of Mindelo. After years of singing without any form of financial benefit, she was eventually spotted by former musician and record producer Jose da Silva who encouraged her to record her music in France.
Also known as the “Queen of Morna” she left an indelible legacy before and after her death in 2010. Prior to her death she was featured on a Cape Verdean stamp.
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She has been posthumously recognized with her face embossed on the new 2000 Escudos banknote. Singer Fantcha launched a new album in her honor and a tribute documentary featuring most of her songs.
In honor of what would have been her 74th birthday, she is being remembered in a special Google Doodle.
Below are 10 of her songs you would enjoy:
- Cesária Évora – Mãe Carinhosa
2. Cesária Évora – Sodade
3. Cesária Évora – Petit Pays
4. Cesária Évora – Besame Mucho
5. Cesária Évora, Angola
6. Cesária Évora – Velocidade
7. Cesária Évora – Amor Di Mundo
8. Cesária Évora – Jardim Prometido
9. Cesária Évora – Sabine Larga’m
10. Cesária Évora – Maria Elena