Cape Verde's Morna Legend Cesaria Evora Dies

Al Jazeera
Publication Date:
17 December 2011
Cape Verde, Music

Cesaria Evora, the "barefoot diva" who is credited for introducing Cape Verde's morna style of music to the world, has died at the age of 70.

Evora began singing at the age of 16, perfecting her voice in the bars of Mindelo. However, she did not rise to fame until her late 40's, when her album La Diva Aux Pieds Nus (1988) became a hit. Evora went on to release 10 more studio albums, of which she won a Grammy award for Voz d'Amor (2003). While she was never a mainstream artist, her deep, soulful voice and raw emotion will keep her in the memory of her fans for years to come.

Al Jazeera's Barbara Angopa reports.


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