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Goodnight, Cesaria. December 17, 2011

Posted by littlebangtheory in Love and Death, music.
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Cesaria Evora, the Barefoot Diva of Cape Verde, has died at the age of 70.

If you don’t know her music, you’re not alone – she never really broke into the American music scene; apparently we prefer our singing  stars young and blonde and skinny.  After all, what they lack in real talent can be made up for with “tone correctors” and close-ups of various of their body parts.

The rest of the world isn’t quite this shallow: paunchy older men and stout older women are elsewhere recognized as masters of their genres of music, even if their health necessitates performing from chairs rather than gyrating lasciviously in fast-cut videos.

Thank God for the rest of the world.

So, whether you’re a current fan or among the uninitiated, here’s a going-out number from Cesaria, the Barefoot Diva.  It’s “Besame Mucho,” “Kiss Me Deeply” (my rough translation from Portuguese of meaning over literal words.)  This was among her hits on the world scene:

The obvious World-Class talent backing her up is a testament to the esteem  in which the rest of the world held her, and a reminder that we Americans are not the real nexus of art and culture, but rather, coarse outliers in the continuum of what’s Art and what isn’t.

Goodnight, Humble Songbird.  You will be missed.

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1. susan - December 20, 2011

I enjoyed her understated delivery that let the song simply unfold.

Yes, it’s sad the American model of entertainment is such a monster. It’s embarrassing.


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