“Nothing has changed in my life. Long before I became famous, I’d had people around me — rich people, poor people, family, strangers. I grew up poor, I never had anything before, and so I’m living my normal life. And I’ll keep it that way. Nothing’s going to change who I am.”

— Cesária Évora [27 August 1941 – 17 December 2011] was a Cape Verdean popular singer.

  • She lost her dad at age 7
  • Moved to orphanage at 10
  • Started performing in clubs, ships at 16
  • Frustrated by personal/financial issues, she quit music
  • A come back at age 47
  • A Grammy at 63

Nicknamed the “Barefoot Diva” for performing without shoes, today she would have been 80 years.

Thank you so much for the legacy Mama Cesária.

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