Known internationally as the "barefoot diva," Cesaria Evora was the world's foremost singer of the morna, the indigenous music of Africa's Cape Verde Islands. The morna evolved as a hybrid of Portuguese fados, British sea shanties, and African rhythms, reflecting the island's history as a Portuguese colony and spot for British coal mining. (Morna was also one of the few musical styles not banned during the colonial era.) Evora began singing on the islands as a teenager, but she found no success outside of Cape Verde until she was in her late forties, when the young producer Jose Da Silva invited her to Paris to record an album. La Diva aux Pieds Nus released in 1988 to wide acclaim, and with the arrival of 1992's highly successful Miss Perfumado, Evora had put Cape Verde on the musical map -- and become a full-fledged international star. Evora's husky, romantic evocation of saudade, the sense of unfulfilled longing that infuses morna, has opened doors around the world for a flood of Cape Verdean singers who are following in her bare footsteps. She passed away in 2011 at the age of 70.
Cesaria Evora Concert Films
World Music Portraits
Runtime: 52 minCesaria Evora, the "barefoot diva" of Cape Verde has been one of the best-selling world music artists of the past decade. This video is a fascinating look at Cesaria's often-struggling life, her island homeland and the development of her musical artistry as the camera follows her through the streets and cafes of Cape Verde where she came of age.
Cesaria Evora Top Tracks
Live at Montreux Jazz Festival 1989
Runtime: 1 hr 27 minYoussou N’Dour is one of the true superstars of African music. A native of Dakar in Senegal he has been singing and performing since his childhood. He has performed with many leading western artists including Paul Simon, Neneh Cherry and Branford Marsalis but is perhaps best known for his association with Peter Gabriel. He was one of the stars of the 1988 Amnesty Tour and appeared at 8 Live concerts in Hyde Park, the Eden Project, Paris and Edinburgh – three of them on the same day! This concert from 1989 features Youssou N’Dour with his band Le Super Etoile de Dakar and was the first of four appearances he has made at the Montreux festival to date. N’Dour’s voice is as fine as ever and the show is a showcase for the colour, emotion and energy so characteristic of his performances.
Que Siga La Tradición
Runtime: 1 hr 12 minQue Siga la Tradicion invites you to take a journey with Gloria Estefan back to her roots where the sounds infuse the soul. It is a selection of Gloria's greatest Latin hits from the Grammy Award-winning albums Mi Tierra, Abriendo Puertas, and her new release Alma Caribeña, featuring such songs as "Oye," "Mi Tierra," and "Por un Beso." Plus bonus documentary and interview footage.
Runtime: 60 minThe flight distance between Basel and Lisbon is 1672 kilometres, but the distance between the Basel drums and Portuguese fado could be measured in light years. Fado, the music of lower Lisbon, is based on a feeling that the German language cannot even name. Since 1986, Madredeus have spearheaded the long tradition of fado and a woman’s voice was always at the centre, now it is the voice of Beatrix Nunes. The mastermind of the band, guitarist Pedro Ayres
Magalhães, helps to ensure the future of fado with his compositions, which are not museum pieces, but rather a reflection of the realities of Lisbon in 2012. They perform some classic works as well as new songs at AVO SESSION.