The Cape Verdean singer was the preeminent force of morna music, which combines fado, jazz, and Latin.
This compilation of greatest hits features 17 tracks, two tracks are previously unreleased. Cape Verde's Césaria Évora was 47 years old before her career really took off on an international level in the late '80s, and she quickly became known as the foremost purveyor of the morna, which blends West African percussion with Portuguese fados, Brazilian modhinas, and British sea shanties into beautiful and haunting songs of longing, and she is equally at home singing coladera, which are songs that flip the coin on morna from sad longing to joyous playfulness.
The former Portuguese colony of Cape Verde lies 600 kilometers off the Senegalese coast. Among the many local musical styles that can be heard on the island is the morna. The principle practitioner of this purportedly Portuguese-, Angolan-, and Brazilian-influenced musical form is Cesaria Evora. This CD documents two concerts morna master Evora gave in June of 1993 at the Olympia in Paris. With incredible ease and visceral strength, Evora sings song after song about love, loss, longing, and longevity. Minor-key and blues-sounding accompaniment is provided by a sextet on piano, harmonica, violin, guitar, clarinet, and cavaquinho (a four-string lute). A must-have for any morna fan, Cesaria Evora's A Live a L'Olympia highlights the good-natured "barefoot diva" at her best and in front of her devoted fans.
A native of the island nation of Cape Verde, Cesária Évora was known as the country's foremost practitioner of the morna, which is strongly associated with the islands and combines West African percussion with Portuguese fados, Brazilian modhinas, and British sea shantie…
This release presents a profile of the renowned Cape Verdean singer Cesaria Evora, a symbol of pride for the people of those small island communities. Also included is live footage of 'the Diva with the bare feet', featuring many of her most popular songs. The tracklist includes 'Xandinha', 'Miss Perfumado', 'Angola', 'Papa Joachin', 'Paris', 'Cintuaro Tme Mele', 'Sodade', 'Consedjo', 'Tudo Tem Se Limite', 'Rotcha 'Scribida'.