IN MOURNING FOR THE QUEEN OF MORNA – CESARIA EVORA [27 August 1941 – 17 December 2011] R.I.P.

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Wow, such a HUGE loss!!!

Here’s a post I did on this wonderful woman in 2009, which I repeat upon hearing the sad news of her demise and in tribute to her amazing works.  She will be sorely missed!

27.07.2009 Post

I’m continuing my SPECIAL LADIES series and in keeping with the CAPE VERDEAN theme today started by Dave Quam, I give you CESARIA EVORA.

As usual, I’m not going to go into great detail on her as though I’m some pretend ethnomusicologist, just google the name and info overload at your fingertips.

I do want to say this though, she is also known as the BAREFOOT DIVA and she is around 70 years of age now, you know I like them old 😉

Her style of music is not funana, albeit, I’m sure she might have covered that style somewhere in her extensive recording career. She is best known for the Cape Verdean styles of music of coladeiras and mornas. The mornas are songs of sadness, sorrow and yearning.

One of my favourite songs by her is one called “MAR E MORADA DE SODADE” which featured on one of her earlier albums ‘in her recording career’, CABO VERDE in or about 1997. Man pick it up if you can, that track reduces me to tears, like a big girl’s blouse…haa.haa

I leave you with a phenomenal remix though, my favourite Cesaria remix of all-times (as Muhammed Ali would say) by one of the greatest DJs of our times. I think a lot of you will already be familiar with this one, and if you’re not, where have you been!!!.

Cesaria Evora – Angola (carl craig mix)

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