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Singer Cesária Evora, nicknamed the “Barefoot Diva” because of her propensity to perform without shoes, has died aged 70 this past Saturday 17th December 2011.
Evora started performing Portuguese-creole songs when she was 16 years old in the bars of her hometown, Mindelo. World recognition came later in her life when at the age of 47, in 1988 she released her debut album, La Diva Aux Pieds Nus (The Barefoot Diva), which launched her career as a recording artist.
Evora grew up in poverty in the port city of Mindelo and often refused to wear shoes while performing in support of the homeless and poor women and children of her country.
Her 1995 album, Cesária, was released in more than a dozen countries and brought Evora her first Grammy nomination, leading to a tour of major concert halls around the world and resulting in album sales in the millions.
She later won the “Best World Music Album” Grammy in 2004 for her album Voz D’Amor.
The Grammy-winning singer, who was forced to retire in September due to ill health, passed away in the hospital on her native island of São Vicente in Cape Verde. Cape Verde is a republic made of 10 Islands set off on the west coast of Africa where people speak Portuguese.
Evora was famous for singing blues-influenced music and often recognized for her interest in the enjoyment of the finest cognacs.
We regretfully say our goodbyes to a Diva.
Source: Photo: Silvio Tanaka