- Grammy-winning singer Cesária Évora is being remembered in a special Google doodle
- Born on 27 August, 1941, this day would have been her 78th birthday
- The singer who died on December 27, 2011, was well known for her humanitarian ways
A Cape Verdean singer, Cesária Évora, also known as barefoot diva, has been posthumously honoured by Google with a doodle for her 78th birthday.
Independent reports that Évora who was born on Wednesday, August 27, 1947, started singing as a little girl but began her music career proper as an adult by performing at bars in her hometown.
Her music career was without any financial success until she met a record producer, Jose da Silvam, who encouraged her to start recording her music in France.
It should be noted that the popular singer died on Saturday, December 17, 2011, after she had had a successful over two-decade music career.
Here are therefore seven things you need to know about the popular artist:
1. She had a very humble beginning
Évora was placed in an orphanage at the age of seven after she lost her musician father. She put a pause to her music career in the seventies because she was financially challenged. She kick-started her career again in the eighties when she released her first album, La Diva Aux Pieds Nus, in 1988.
2. She had a successful career
After her debut album in 1988, she released new albums every two years during the course of her music career. Her last album, Nha Sentimento, was released two years before her death in 2009.
3. She is called barefoot diva
Évora is called ‘barefoot diva’ because she always performed shoeless in what many have interpreted as a connection with the poor.
However, in her interview, she refuted the claim saying that she just does so because there are many like her who do not wear shoes.
4. She contributed towards battling world hunger
The singer was an ambassador for the United Nations’ World Food Programme, a humanitarian initiative that gives food in emergency situations to improve nutrition.
5. She earned her nickname Queen of Morna
She specialised in morna, a traditional music genre with sad or solemn and poetic undertones, which is known as the traditional music style of Cape Verde.
6. She had a stint singing on cruise ships
Not only did she have a fulfilling career, Évora has sang on cruise ships which berth at her hometown, Mindelo.
7. She received Knight honour from France in 2009
In 2009, she was got knight of the French Legion of Honour by the French minister of culture and communications, Christine Albanel, making her the first Cape Vardean to get such.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Popular Nigerian novelist, Onyebuchi 'Buchi' Emecheta, was also honoured by Google Doodle.
The novelist was celebrated on Sunday, July 21, 2019, which would have been her 75th birthday. Buchi Emecheta died on January 25, 2017, in London.
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