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The Cape Verde archipelago is a collection of ten small islands some 500km off the coast of Senegal that mark Africa’s most Western frontier. This very poor and isolated nation won international recognition through the beautiful voice of Cesaria Evora (1941-2011), a singer nicknamed ‘the barefoot diva.’ Evora grew up in extreme poverty and sang in bars for decades until the male singer Bana took her to Portugal in the early 1990s. A Parisian Cape Verdean then produced and promoted Cesaria on the world music circuit. The beauty of her voice and the morna – as Cape Verde’s ballad music is described – found Evora enjoying great fame. Many other Cape Verdean musicians have followed in her wake, both veterans like Zé Luís and newbies Lura and Elida Almeida. Playlist by Garth Cartwright for Songlines.
Mar Azul
Cesária Évora
Cize
Cesária Évora
Sodade
Cesária Évora
Miss Perfumado
Cesária Évora
Amigo
Zé Luis
Carpinter
Bâna
Tortura
Cesária Évora
Ku Nha Kin Bem
Zé Luis
Nta Konsigui
Elida Almeida
Serpentina
Cesária Évora
Na Ri Na
Lura
Lebam Ku Bo
Elida Almeida
Voz D'Amor
Cesária Évora
Cabinda a Cunene
Bâna
Isolada
Cesária Évora
Es Bida
Lura
Sabine Larga'm
Cesária Évora
Flôr di Nha Esperança
Cesária Évora