Miss Perfumado, Nonesuch Records CD 79509-2, 1998
Beautiful, heart-touching singing
Although Cesaria Evora often sings about the world and of
its troublesas she salutes striking workers in "Cumpade
Ciznone" herethis gentle soul can also sing just as
naturally of contentment. With the title track she sighs "If the
dove is happy in her nest, I am happy too."
Singing in a style called morna, Evora, who comes
from the small Portuguese-speaking island of Sao Vicente off the coast
of Senegal, shows just why shes revered in her homeland.
Evoras voice is rich and textured, yet nimble enough to make
hairpin turns at a phrase intersections notice. The music is both
percussive, much like Latin music, and highly melodic.
Though hardly a young lady anymore, Evora sounds like a romantic
at heart. And while Nonesuch has once again included English
translations for these songs, so its clear that few of them have
anything to do with affairs of the heart, I cant keep from
swooning to this grand womans vocals. Dan
Glenn Brooks says... Imagine, if you can, what Edith Piaf might
have sounded like had she lived to be gray-haired (and slowed the
vibrato to a throb), and you will have some idea of the subtle power of
Cesaria Evora. An astonishingly affecting singer, whatever the
of related interest
Cesaria Evora, Nonesuch CD 79379-2,
Cabo Verde, Nonesuch CD 79450-2, 1997
You will want to check these out too. Just as fine as Miss
The Soul of Cape Verde
Tinder Productions CD 42831732, 1997
A fine collection of other music from the Cape Verde Islands.