Like Amy Winehouse, she was compared to Billie Holiday, and like her she had an addictive personality – in her case to men and cigarettes – and like her she died in 2011, although she managed, just, to reach her allotted three score years and ten. But unlike Amy Winehouse, dying was not the best career move available to her. Cesaria Evora only became famous outside her native Cape Verde Islands when she was 50 and already a grandmother. Her first album, Miss Perfumada, released in 1992, won her 8 gold discs and she was awarded the Legion D’Honneur in 2008. She was brought up in an orphanage because her mother was too poor to raise her and she suffered extreme poverty in adulthood. Her life was more turbulent, more colourful and more productive than Amy’s and her talent was just as prodigious, but she won’t, more’s the pity, make the slightest dent on the British charts.
This video is of Sodade… meaning, appropriately, longing.