NPR: Shocking Omissions-Cesária Évora’s ‘Cesária’

“Singer Cesária Évora lifted Cape Verde’s little-known blues, morna, beyond the island and into the international world of music.” 

This essay is one in a series celebrating deserving artists or albums not included on NPR Music’s list of 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women.

If there were ever a voice that embodied that of a siren, a voice that could seduce, sadden and soothe with its elegance, it was Cesária Évora‘s. It was the voice that lifted Cape Verde’s little-known blues, morna, beyond the island and into the international world of music. In 1995, Évora’s years of living and singing the blues culminated in Cesária, an album that cemented the importance of Évora, and morna, in world music.

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