Grammy winner Cesaria Evoria has passed away at the age of 70 last Saturday. A statement on her website said she had passed in a hospital in her native home, the island of Sao Vicente in Cape Verde.
Evoria, known as the “barefoot diva” for being on stage without shoes, suffered from cardiorespiratory insufficiency and hypertension and died due to complications associated with it.
Back in 2010, Cesaria performed a series of concerts, in a tour that ended in Lisbon in May. She suffered a heart attack two days later and was operated on at a hospital in Paris. A few days later, she was taken off artificial pulmonary ventilation and was eventually discharged from the intensive care unit. She was then transported to another hospital for further treatment.
She had recently retired this last September due to her health problems.
In the 1960s, Evoria started singing on Portuguese cruise ships stopping at Mindelo as well as on the local radio. She went to perform in Portugal in 1985 at the invitation of Cape Verdean singer Bana. She was discovered by Jose da Silva, a local musician, in Lisbon. She was invited to Paris to record a single.
When Cesaria released her first album entitle “La Diva Aux Pieds Nus,” recorded in France, she earned international success in 1988. She later released “Miss Perfumado” in 1992, which sold 300,000 copies worldwide.
In 2004, her album Voz d’Amor was awarded a Grammy in the World music category.