Cesaria Evora in Memoriam


Singer Cesaria Evora, dubbed the “Barefoot Diva” for often performing without shoes, has died in her native Cape Verde at the age of 70. (From BBC)

Cesaria Evora–Sodade

“Saudade” is a unique Galician-Portuguese word that has no immediate translation in English. “Saudade” describes a deep emotional state of nostalgic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves. It often carries a repressed knowledge that the object of longing might never return. It’s related to the feelings of longing, yearning.

“Sodade” (“saudade” in Cape Verdean Creole) is the title of the Cape Verde singer Cesária Évora’s most famous song. (From Wikipedia)

3 thoughts on “Cesaria Evora in Memoriam

  1. I was very sorry to hear of Cesária Évora’s death – one of the greats. Thanks for posting the sound-clip of ‘Sodade’ and for explaining the meaning of the concept. The music captures that feeling of melancholy yearning perfectly.

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