Miss Perfumado

Miss Perfumado

by Cesária ÉvoraCesária Évora


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With so many excellent records to her credit, it's difficult to recommend just one album by the international star out of the Cape Verde Islands. Yet it was MISS PERFUMADO that propelled this 50-something grandmother to fame in France and then the rest of the world. Singing the sophisticated, stately maritime blues of her home country, the morna, Evora taps into a well of sorrow and loneliness that is so deep it becomes comforting. "Sodade" is something of a theme song not only for Evora but for the entire far-flung populace of Cape Verde; its heartbreaking mix of nostalgia and longing echoes with generations of countrymen who have left these arid rocks for a better life elsewhere. Established as a waystation for the West African slave trade by Portuguese traders, the islands now play host to lonely musical strains reminiscent of fado and Brazilian samba. Some consider Cape Verde, the first Afro-European Creole society, to be the beginning of the New World. As such Evora is a not-so-distant cousin to Billie Holiday, whose world-weary voice likewise transcends time and cirumstance.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/19/1996
Label: Rca Victor Europe
UPC: 0743211882125
catalogNumber: 118821

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cesaria Evora   Primary Artist
Teofilo Chantre   Choeurs
Titina   Choeurs
Paulino Vieira   Harmonica,Percussion,Piano,Cavaquinho,Choeurs
Toy Vieira   Piano,Cavaquinho,Choeurs
Escabes ?   Reco-reco
Gardenia Benros   Choeurs
Malaquias Costa   Percussion
Som Di Longe   Choeurs
Celina Peireira   Choeurs

Technical Credits

Ramiro Mendes   Composer
Teofilo Chantre   Composer
Dany Mariano   Composer
François Post   Artwork
Manuel de Novas   Composer
Luis Morais   Composer
Armandio Cabral   Composer

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