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Cesaria Evora performed barefoot wherever she went.

Dec 17, 2011 11:45 AM ET

The Cape Verdean singer Cesaria Evora, known as the “barefoot diva,” died Saturday, according to the culture minister of the country.

The Portuguese weekly, Expresso, reported she died in hospital in her native country. Cape Verde, a country comprised of of 10 islands, is located 570 kilometres off the coast of Western Africa. It gained independence from Portugal in 1975.

Often compared to American blues singer Billie Holiday, Evora sang in a rich contralto voice. Her songs evoked the traditional music of Cape Verde known as Morna.

The Grammy-winning singer died at the age of 70, only three months after announcing her retirement due to bad health. She had been suffering heart problems over the years and had undergone several surgeries as well.

Evora collected many awards including France’s Legion of Honor.

Born on the Cape Verdean island of Sao Vicente, she was sent to an orphanage by her mother, who was too poor to care for her daughter.

The singer hit fame at the age of 47 in 1988 with her acclaimed album,La Diva Aux Pieds Nus (The Barefoot Diva). She is perhaps best known for the single, Soudade. She released 10 albums in all.

Evora never hid her love of alcohol and cigarettes, which contributed to her ailing health. In 2008, she suffered a stroke while on tour in Australia in 2008 and later underwent open heart surgery.

Speaking to a French publication in September, soon after announcing her retirement, she talked about her reluctance to step off the stage: “I would have wanted to give more pleasure to those who have followed me for so long.”

from:  http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/story/2011/12/17/evora-obit.html


Cesária Évora was born on August 27th, 1941 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cesaria_Evora

August 27th, 1941

8 + 27 +1+9+4+1 = 50 = her life lesson = what she was here to learn = It’s a wonderful life.  This is how good life can be.




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