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Cesaria Evora | Music from Cape Verde

Cesária Évora — Cize to her friends — was born on the 27th August 1941 in Mindelo, Cape Verde. Her bright voice and physical charms...

Cesária Évora — Cize to her friends — was born on the 27th August 1941 in Mindelo, Cape Verde. Her bright voice and physical charms were soon noticed, but her hope of a singing career remained unsatisfied. A Cape Verdean women’s group and the singer Bana both took her to Lisbon to cut a few tracks, but the recordings failed to catch the ear of a producer. In 1988, a young Frenchman of Cape Verdean extraction invited her to Paris to make a record. At 47, she had nothing to lose. Having never seen Paris, she agreed.

 


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