Two years ago (26/01/2018) the EP "Cesaria Evora / Carnaval de Mindelo" was released : 4 tracks rerecorded (only the vocals are the same) in the style of the Mindelo carnival.
It is extraordinary to hear her magical voice again, backed by extremely festive new arrangements from Hernani Almeida.
Ten years ago Lura writes “Moda Bô”, a tribute song to Cesaria, The two women record it as a duet in January 2010.
“As a child, I dreamed of being like you
Singing on stage in divine light, like you
Often in my teens in front of the mirror
I used a pretend microphone to sing like you
I want to sing like you” sings Lura to Cesaria, who replies to her :
“In my time, I’ve met people and seen the world
Achieved my life’s dream, singing of Cape Verde, singing of my land
I want to share my experience with everyone
I want to share the history of a people with the world
The history of a life”.
2011 – After a few shows in Minsk (March 10th), Bogota (March 17th & 19th) and a series of concerts in Russia early April, Cesaria comes back stronger than ever on the stage of Parisian venue Le Grand Rex Paris on April 29th & 30th. She gives a dozen performances from May to July including shows in Poland, Vienna (Austria), Brussels (Palais des Beaux Arts) and Italy, before going home to rest in Cape Verde where she celebrates her 70th birthday simply surrounded by her close ones.
Later, in an interview done with Le Monde on September 23rd, Cesaria announces her retirement from this nomad life, which has taken her to the 4 corners of the world since her great debut on an international level in 1991.
Cesaria Evora passed away on Saturday the 17th of December 2011, in her hometown of Mindelo.
[ 14th December 1991, the date of a memorable concert at the New Morning in Paris.]
"By 7.30 p.m., more than 200 people had begun to queue in icy rain in front of the club, which had not organised any particular security. Two hours later, it was full to bursting and turning away late arrivals, mainly Cape Verdeans.
An audience of five hundred, above all European, was packed into the club, now a melting pot of anonymous individuals, journalists and VIPs.
The atmosphere was electric.
It was impossible to move around: people were on top of each other and sitting anywhere they could.
When the musicians appeared on stage followed by Cesaria, the crowd exploded in delighted relief. All the things that would go to make up her legend were there: her seemingly impassive, even indifferent air as she stood immobile with the microphone in one hand and a cigarette in the other; the bottle of whisky on a little table behind the piano; the conversations with the musicians with her back turned to the audience; the humorous jibes exchanged with the scattering of Cape Verdeans in the house between songs, leaving the rest of the crowd bewildered (‘What did she say?’). Especially, there was her clear voice loaded with emotion as she sang her mornas and coladeras. Mar Azul, Cize and Cinturão Tem Mele met with thunderous applause, but the song that really left a mark was Sodade, which Cesaria would record for the Miss Perfumado album the following year: a revelation!
At the end of the scheduled set, she slipped away to her dressing room while the crowd applauded tirelessly and called out for more. Unfamiliar with the idea of an encore, Cesaria savoured her cigarette, happy to have found the kind of audience she had secretly long been hoping for. It would take a few more months and many arguments to persuade her that here it was usual to come back on stage to sing a few extra songs when the audience showed such enthusiasm at the end of a concert."