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Cesaria Evora (born August 27, 1941 in Mindelo, Cape Verde) is a Cape Verdean folk singer. Nicknamed the "barefoot diva" for her habit of performing without shoes, Cesaria Evora is perhaps the best-known practicioner of morna - a local genre related to Portuguese fado and Brazilian modinha, with a sensibility often compared to the blues.

At age 16 she met a Cape Verdian sailor named Eduardo who taught her the traditional Cape Verdian styles of music of coladeras and mornas. The mornas (derived from the word mourn) are songs of sadness, sorrow and yearning. Order your Cesaria Evora Tickets online today for a unique folk music experience!

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Cesaria Evora's father died when she was seven. Her mother struggled to support her on her meager earnings as a cook and eventually put her in the care of an orphanage. It was in the orphanage choir that she first learnt to sing.

After learning how to sing morna style when she was a teenage, Cesaria Evora began singing in local bars and hotels. With the help of local musicians, she would hone her skills and would later be proclaimed "Queen of Mornas" by her fans. She became famous in the Cape Verde but remained relatively unknown internationally.

In the 1970s, Cape Verde gained independence and its new leader Amilcar Cabral would soon afterwards be assassinated. Cesaria Evora was still popular at the time but her fame did not lead to financial success. Frustrated by personal and financial problems, componded by the political turmoil in the Cape Verde, she gave up singing to support her family. She didn't perform for 10 years which she describes as her "dark years". Cesaria Evora resumed performing after being encouraged by a Cape Verdian exile and patron of the arts, Bana, who lived in Portugal. He secured invitations to Portugal where she performed a series of concerts sponsored by a local women's organization. A Frenchman of Cape Verdian descent named Jose Da Silva persuaded her to go to Paris where she recorded a new album, La diva aux pieds nus (The Barefoot Diva) in 1988. This album won critical acclaim and began for her a dramatic comeback. Cesaria Evora became an international star at the age of 47.