Sao Vicente

Sao Vicente

by Cesária ÉvoraCesária Évora

CD(German Import)

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Will the real divas please stand up? With her rags-to-riches story and hard-living past, Cape Verde's Cesaria Evora earns the title even before she opens her mouth. Sure enough, the diva gets her due on the opulent São Vicente -- Cesaria sounds sultry, mournful, and just plain wonderful as ever, her sensuous contralto and worldly wise humility raising the Cape Verdean morna to realms of Piaf-style art song. Orchestrator Jaques Morelenbaum (collaborator with suave Brazilians Caetano Veloso and Tom Jobim) is again on hand -- among others -- to command an exquisite array of string and horn settings, while the colorful guest roster features Veloso, Brazil's great songwriter-poet; Cuban legends Orquesta Aragón and Chucho Váldes; and blues mama Bonnie Raitt. Evora's wistful crooning is a cousin to the flat-out misery of Portuguese fado -- but leavened with African rhythm and island sunshine, tracks such as "Dor di Amor" and "Bondade e Maldade" lend a surprisingly festive flavor. Sparked by the success of the Buena Vista Social Club (who likewise toiled in obscurity before finding fame in their careers' September), Evora's been paired lately with Cuban players, a combination that works, as Cesaria's music has a rustic maritime lilt all its own. "Linda Mimosa" takes a breezy trip into mambo territory, while Váldes provides delicate, yearning piano on the intimate torch song "Negue." Bonnie Raitt's poignant slide licks and crooning (in Evora's native Kriolu!) sound strikingly natural on the lovely duet, "Crepuscular Solidão." Those seduced by 1999's Grammy-nominated Café Atlantico should take at least as much delight in the barefoot diva's latest offering.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/17/2003
Label: Imports
UPC: 0743218366628
catalogNumber: 910857
Rank: 48304

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cesaria Evora   Primary Artist,Vocals
Caetano Veloso   Track Performer
Bonnie Raitt   Vocals
Chucho Valdés   Track Performer
Orquesta Aragón   Track Performer
Pancho Amat   Tres
José Luis Cortés   Flute
Ernesto Diaz   Violin
Nicolas Gueret   Tenor Saxophone
Kako   Guitar,Cavaquinho
George Seba   Choir Conductor
Teofilo Chantre   Background Vocals
Régis Gizavo   Accordion
Simentera   Background Vocals
Jose Luis Hernandez   Tenor Saxophone
Pedro Guerra   Vocals
Danny Rodriguez   Cello
Allen Hoist   Alto Saxophone
Demetrio Muniz   Conductor
Totinho   Saxophone
Gerardo García   Violin
Silvano Michelino   Percussion
Hugo Cruz   Violin
Robert Herrera   Viola
Fernando Andrade   Piano,Background Vocals
Lura   Background Vocals
Peter Volpe   Trumpet
Julian Corrales   Violin
Jos Marón   Viola
Julio Cesart Garcia   Violin
Christophe Dutray   Trumpet
Philippe Henry   Trombone

Technical Credits

Stephanie Caisson   Engineer
José Luis Cortés   Horn Arrangements
Jose Da Silva   Producer
Jean-Pierre Pollet   Engineer
Demetrio Muniz   String Arrangements
Ronaldo Lima   Engineer
Fernando Andrade   Arranger,Orchestra Director

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