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Conheça a música e a história de vida magnífica de Cesária Évora!

Cesária Évora é hoje uma das maiores vozes lusófonas. Mundialmente


aclamada, com tournées por todos os continentes, a cantora levou a
língua portuguesa e o crioulo além - fronteiras. A sua voz e o seu talento
deram-lhe a fama, assim como o seu peculiar hábito de cantar descalça.
É no início dos anos 90, em França, pela mão do produtor musical José
da Silva, que Cesária conhece um sucesso estrondoso. Aos discos,
seguem-se concertos. Saem artigos em vários jornais; no "Le Monde", é
considerada um membro da aristocracia mundial das cantoras de bar.
Nasce a "Diva dos pés descalços", a lenda toma forma.
Mas quem é Cesária Évora?
Pouco se sabe da estrela da "world music" fora dos palcos, Cesária é
discreta e silenciosa quanto à sua vida pessoal. Este documentário quer
revelar quem é esta cantora de origens modestas, que atingiu o estrelato
mundial. Acompanha-a até São Vicente em Cabo-Verde, Paris, a sua
segunda residência e ainda por Israel, onde seguiu a sua última tournée.
Um documentário de Sofia Leite, com fotografia de Miguel Sales Lopes,
montagem de Rui Branquinho e produção de Ana Lucas.

Cize, para os amigos anunciou o término da sua carreira musical no passado dia 23 de
Setembro de 2011 depois de 45 anos de carreira a cantar Cabo Verde pelo mundo.

A 17 de Dezembro de 2011, a Diva da Morna faleceu aos 70 anos, deixando Cabo


Verde e o mundo consternado com a sua morte, na mesma cidade que a viu nascer e
traçou-lhe o destino para a morna.

Cresce no Mindelo, à beira do Lombo - bairro mal-afamado, terra de rufias e prostitutas.


"A minha mãe era cozinheira. Quando eu tinha dez anos, ela trabalhava para a D. Maria
Emília Fonseca, que era directora do orfanato. Um dia, a minha mãe pediu-lhe para me
arranjar um lugar." Porém, o feitio de Cesária não se verga à rigidez do lar: "Só lá estive
três anos, saturei-me." Mal respira a liberdade, enceta uma vida normal: "Ajudava em
casa e dava os meus passeios."

Leia mais sobre a vida de Cesária no site especial 'Obrigado Cize'

Condecorações

Em 1999, Portugal, agraciou Cesária Évora com a medalha da Grã-Cruz da Ordem do


Infante D. Henrique.

O galardão Les Victoires de la Musique para Melhor Álbum de World Music foi-lhe
atribuído por duas vezes: em 2000 pelo álbum “Café Atlântico” e em 2004 pelo álbum
“Voz d’Amor”.

“Voz d’Amor” foi igualmente premiado em 2004, com o Grammy para Melhor Álbum
de World Music. Em 2009, o presidente francês Jacques Chirac distinguiu-a com a
medalha da Legião de Honra de França.

Em Dezembro de 2010, no Rio de Janeiro, o Presidente Lula da Silva condecorou


Cesária Évora com a medalha de Ordem do Mérito Cultural 2010.

Cesária Évora foi distinguida com o prémio carreira na gala do Cabo Verde Music
Awards 2011.

Filhos de cesaria evora ~fernanda Evora Eduardo Évora


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Cesária Évora, ; 27 August 1941 – 17 December 2011) was a Cape


Verdean popular singer. Nicknamed the "Barefoot Diva" for performing without
shoes,[1] she was also known as the "Queen of Morna".[2]

Early life[edit]
"Cise" (as she was known to friends) was born on 27 August 1941 in Mindelo, São Vicente,
Cape Verde. When she was seven years old her father, Justino da Cruz Évora who was a
part-time musician,[3] died, and at the age of ten she was placed in an orphanage, as her
mother Dona Joana could not raise all six children. At the age of 16, she was persuaded by
a friend to sing in a sailors' tavern.[2]

The house of Cesária Évora. Today, it is a museum.

She grew up at the famous house in Mindelo where other singers used from the 1940s to
the 1970s, at 35 Rua de Moed a.[citation needed]Other Cape Verdean singers came to the place
including Djô d'Eloy, Bana, Eddy Moreno, Luis Morais and Manuel de Novas (also as
Manuel d'Novas), there she received her musical education.

Musical career[edit]
In the 1960s, she started singing on Portuguese cruise ships stopping at Mindelo as well as
on the local radio. It was only in 1985 when at the invitation of Cape Verdean
singer Bana she went to perform in Portugal. In Lisbon she was discovered by the producer
José da Silva and invited to record in Paris.[4]
She recorded a track "Ausência" which was released in a soundtrack to the
film Underground (1995) by Emir Kusturica and is the second track.
Évora's international success came only in 1988 with the release of her first commercial
album La Diva Aux Pieds Nus, recorded in France. Prior to the release of the La Diva Aux
Pieds Nus album, Cesaria recorded her first LP titled "Cesaria" in 1987. This Album was
later released on CD in 1995 as Audiophile Legends.[2] Her 1992 album Miss
Perfumado sold over 300,000 copies worldwide.[5] It included one of her most celebrated
songs, "Sodade".
In 1994, Bau joined her touring band and two years later, he became her musical director
up to September 1999.
Her 1995 album Cesária brought her broader international success and the first Grammy
Award nomination.[2] In 1997, she won KORA All African Music Awards in three categories:
"Best Artist of West Africa", "Best Album" and "Merit of the Jury".[6] In 2003, her album Voz
d'Amor was awarded a Grammy in the World music category.[2]
In 2006 in Italy Cesaria met Alberto Zeppieri (songwriter, journalist and record producer),
who would dedicate to her "Capo Verde, terra d'amore" (www.capoverde-italia.it), taking
care of all creative adaptations in Italian. Cesaria agreed to duet with Gianni Morandi [2],
Gigi D'Alessio [3] and Ron [4]. The project, now in its fifth volume, gives visibility and raises
funds for the UN World Food Programme, for which Cesaria was the Ambassador from
2003.[7]
Later in 2006, she released her next album Rogamar it was a success and charted six
European countries including France, Poland and the Netherlands. On her tour in Australia
in 2008, she suffered a stroke. In 2009, she released her final album Nha Sentimento which
was recorded in Mindelo and Paris by José da Silva, the album reached number 6 in
Poland and number 21 in France.
In 2009, she was made a knightess of the French Legion of Honour by the French French
Minister of Culture and Communications Christine Albanel, the first Cape Verdean who
became one.
She was awarded for the last time at the 2010 Kora All African Music Awards for the "Merit
of the Jury" for the second time.

Personal life[edit]
Cesària Évora dated Eduardo de Jon Xalino when she lived at Rua de Moeda, he was also
a singer, relative of the great Bana.
Her cousin was another singer Hermínia da Cruz Fortes, she was an aunt of António da
Rocha Évora and Xavier da Cruz.

Honours[edit]
 Grand-Cross of the Order of Prince Henry, Portugal (31 May 1999)[8]

Death[edit]
In 2010, Évora performed a series of concerts, the last of which was in Lisbon on 8 May.
Two days later, after a heart attack, she underwent surgery at a local hospital in Paris. On
the morning of 11 May 2010 she was taken off artificial pulmonary ventilation, and on 16
May she was discharged from the intensive-care unit and transported to a clinic for further
treatment. In late September 2010, Évora's agent announced that she was ending her
career due to poor health.[9]
On 17 December 2011, aged 70, Évora died in São Vicente, Cape Verde, from respiratory
failure and hypertension.[10] A Spanish newspaper reported that 36 hours before her death
she was still receiving people – and smoking – in her home in Mindelo, popular for always
having its doors open.[11]

Legacy[edit]
A Capeverdean $2000 escudo note featuring Cesária Évora

The violin that Évora used on the back of the Capeverdean $2000 escudo note

 In 2003, she appeared on a Cape Verdean stamp[12]

A sculpture of Cesaria Evora, a Cabo Verdean singer, at the eponymous airport in Mindelo, Cabo
Verde.

 On 3 September 2013, her name was boosted publicly by the Belgian


musician Stromae, when he released his famous album Racine Carrée[citation needed] that
includes "Ave Cesaria", a track that honours Cesária Évora, one of Stromae's favourite
artists.
 On December 22, 2014, the Banco de Cabo Verde introduced a new series of
banknotes that honor Cape Verdean figures in the fields of literature, music, and
politics. Her face was featured in the new 2000 Escudos banknote.
 The awarded feature documentary Tchindas is a tribute to her after her death, and
contains several of her songs.
 In December 2016, singer Fantcha launched a new album entitled Nôs Caminhada, in
hommage to her mentor Cesária Évora, including a number of traditional songs
(mornas and coladeiras) that had been interpreted by Cesária Évora. It also features a
very special song, "Nôs Caminhada", remember the moments spent with the beloved
one, the singer considers Évora as her second mom.

Named after[edit]
 On March 8, 2012, Cape Verde's third busiest airport was named after her. At its
terminal entrance, a statue of herself was erected in the same year and a mural was
put in inside the terminal building.
 On June 18, 2014, a small new street in the 19th Arrondissement of Paris was named,
it is located near Boulevard Macdonald in the Pont-de-Flandre quarter. Several
residential street across a part of Europe have been named for her. Other streets in
other parts of Europe, especially France has recently named a few streets after the
singer.
 On September 19, 2014, the Seine-Saint-Denis department named a new collegiate
in Montreuil after her and is located on Rue des Jardins Dufour.
 In 2014 or 2015, a street in the west of the Capeverdean capital of Praia is named for
her in Palmarejo Grande near Jean Piaget University, it intersects Avenida Eugenio
Paula de Tavares.
 Two species of fauna are named after her, a butterfly in the family Lycaenidae
named Chilades evorae which is found on the island of Santo Antão and a species of
sea slug called Aegires evorae which exists in the northeast of the island of Sal in the
area of Calhetinha.

Discography[edit]
Main article: Cesária Évora discography

 La Diva aux Pieds Nus (1988)


 Distino di Belita (1990)
 Mar Azul (1991)
 Miss Perfumado (1992)
 Cesária (1995)
 Cabo Verde (1997)
 Café Atlantico (1999)
 São Vicente di Longe (2001)
 Voz d'Amor (2003)
 Rogamar (2006)
 Nha Sentimento (2009)

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