Cesária Évora, the Cape Verdean singer who became known as the “Barefoot Diva”, is being remembered in a special Google Doodle on what would have been her 78th birthday.

The doodle shows the renowned vocalist performing against a backdrop of the colorful coastal city of Mindelo where she was born. 

Évora was also considered the “Queen of Morna,” the traditional melancholic and poetic style of Cape Verde. She received international acclaim for her work, becoming synonymous with the sounds of the island country.

Évora began her career in the 1960, but temporarily gave up on music in the Seventies due to financial issues. She returned to music in the Eighties and released her first album, La Diva Aux Pieds Nus, in 1988. Évora is perhaps best known for her seminal 1992 album Miss Perfumado, which included her most revered song “Sodade.”

She earned her first Grammy nomination for her album Cesária in 1995, and her first Grammy win in the World Music category in 2003. Évora won three KORA All African Music Awards in 1997, and went on to win the “Merit of the Jury” award twice during her renowned career. 

Évora was also an ambassador for the United Nations’ World Food Programme, a humanitarian food-assistance initiative that delivers food in emergency situations and works to improve nutrition in communities around the world.

Today, we celebrate Cesária Évora legacy, and salute her contributions to music and society.

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