Concert in Paris, 2004. (Gregorio Gonçalves)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
"Cise" (as she was known to friends) was born on 27 August 1941 in Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde. When she was seven years old her father (who was a part-time musician ) died, and at the age of ten she was placed in an orphanage, as her mother could not raise all six children. At the age of 16, she was persuaded by a friend to sing in a sailors' tavern.
In the 1960s, she started singing on Portuguese cruise ships stopping at Mindelo as well as on the local radio. It was only in 1985 when at the invitation of Cape Verdean singer Bana she went to perform in Portugal. In Lisbon she was discovered by the producer José da Silva and invited to record in Paris.
This woman's music is beautiful. She is Nicknamed the "Barefoot Diva" for performing without shoes, she was also the "Queen of Morna". Her voice is beautiful and amazing. I was reading an article about her years ago and the author described her as a cigarette smoking, whiskey drinking grandmother. She died 17 December 2011.
I hope you like this piece of music.