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Café Atlantico

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With her sleepy delivery and warm, woody timbre, Cesária Évora is sultry and bewitching on Café Atlantico. Adding to her typical repertoire of traditional West African/Portuguese fado, this album finds the Cape Verdean songstress showing off a wide range of influences, diving into Cuban sounds to glorious effect. Diaphanous, shimmering strings enhance "Vaquínha mansa", and the playful flute accents on "Amor di mundo" are hard to resist.

Biography

Born: 27 August 1941 in Mindelo, Cape Verde

Genre: World

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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 shanties. Évora began singing morna at age 16 after meeting an attractive young guitarist. Her talent soon had her performing all over the islands, and in the late '60s two of her radio tapes were released as albums in the Netherlands and...
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