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Café Atlantico

Cesaria EvoraAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 30, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • ASIN: B00000JMG1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,245 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Flor Di Nha Esperanca
2. Vaquinha Mansa
3. Amor Di Mundo
4. Paraiso Di Atlantico
5. Sorte
6. Carnaval De Sao Vicente
7. Desilusao Dum Amdjer
8. Nho Antone Escaderode
9. Beijo De Longe
10. Roma Criola
11. Perseguida
12. Maria Elena
13. Cabo Verde Manda Mantenha
14. Terezinha

Editorial Reviews

Unlike Mar Azul or earlier releases Miss Perfumado and Cesaria Evora, which were largely collections of the Portuguese-influenced song form called morna, Café Atlantico finds Evora singing Cuban and Brazilian traditionals. Evora's voice is as smooth as ever, but it's a little odd to hear her croon to a bolero or danzon. Still, the connection fits snugly as this release is a tribute to Evora's hometown of Mindelo, a port on the Cape Verdean island of São Vicente where sailors from Portugal, Argentina, Brazil, and the Caribbean cross-pollinated the music of Cape Verde. On Café Atlantico Evora croons with her usual beauty, poise, and melancholia. Thankfully, instrumental accompaniment again includes the piano and acoustic guitar and bass, but with the flavorful addition of light (and only occasional) orchestral accompaniment, which highlights the creamy richness of this lovely Latin music. Café Atlantico takes a tasteful, innovative step in broadening Evora's repertoire, and its plaintive grace and relaxed romanticism emphasizes what the world has now come to realize: Cesaria Evora is the greatest living singer of our time. --Karen Karleski

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the sound of soul July 23, 2001
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
How could I give anything but the stars to this magnificent woman ? Evora's singing is a true gift to mankind, luckily appreciated by many around the globe. From the first violin sounds of the opener, this CD is all soul - which means all Cesaria. There are moments for dancing as well as moments for contemplating - all done with the perfect Cesaria taste. I love the musicians who support Cesaria on this CD - they are completely in tune with her and add to the overall success of the music.
This is highly recommended as one of Cesaria's best CD's - to any person on this earth.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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I feel so privileged to have seen Cesaria Evora in concert, Luanda, 1998. In a natural, unassuming way, her magical presence dominates both audience and stage. This album is an ambitious musical experience, where traditional cape-verdean and afro-cuban melodies and rhythms are successfully blended. Cesaria's "velvety" voice is backed up by an "all star" group, featuring an original instrumental combination which includes a lute player, outstanding string and percussion sections. Beijo de longe is one of the most exciting tunes. I cannot stop listening... Muito obrigada, criola, pela sodade da sua musica.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Cesaria sings her love to the world & shares it" February 23, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This lady my friends, has natural talent with the ability to project that happy feeling and share it with the listener...from the first to the last, a variety of rhythms surrounded by a group of versatile musicians.
A native of the island national of Cape Verde, Evora is known as the countries foremost practitioner of the morna style, which is strongly associated with the islands of combines West African percussion with Portuguese fados, Brazilian modhinas and British sea-chanteys.
Evora began singing morna at age the late '60s had two albums released in the Netherlands and Portugal...having recorded some 15 albums, Cesaria comes up with one of her best performances in "CAFE ATLANTICO", which goes back to her roots or Portugal...let's look at the opener "THE DREAM OF MY HOPE", is simply terrific..."SWEET LITTLE COW, LOVE OF THE WORLD", change of pace..."ATLANTIC PARADISE", takes on a whole new direction giving the listener of being there, which is a plus revealing her tone, mood and style.
Let's look at the highlights ~ "SAO VICENTE CARNIVAL", is simply haunting from the get-go, when Cesaria sings and then joined by the band, it is mesmerizing and leaves you wanting more, hoping the dream never ends...must mention the old standard "MARIA ELENA", recorded by many musicians/artists, brings back memories with this wonderful arrangement and performance by Cesaria.
An inimitable smoky sound of the reigning "Queen of World Music" praise of her hometown Mindelo, on the tiny Cape Verde Island of Sao Vincente...there you see the safest harbor between South America and Africa, "The Barefoot Diva", has distilled centuries of cross-cultural music into the solid joyous ache that sings her love to the world...unforgettable album will linger while others fade...CESARIA EVORA...we feel love through your music!
Total Time: 58:21 on 14 Tracks ~ RCA Victor 65401 ~ (1999)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Cesaria Evora May 5, 2003
Format:Audio CD
My friend Sam (a Sade-Enya-Swing Out Sister fan supreme) recently said, "You only need one Cesaria Evora CD, they all sound alike." I heartily disagree, and think that the differences between each become more apparent the more you listen to each of her marvelous CDs. She isn't "trying out styles" like an American pop star, she always sings with the voice she was given, in a style which compliments that voice perfectly. No gimmicks, no production tricks, no clever publicity to broaden her audience. Her songs are all informed by her background in and ongoing love for Cabo Verde (Cape Verde), and she is fortunate enough to record music by some of Cabo Verde's greatest songwriters (especially Gregorio Goncalves and Manuel de Novas). Her rich, sad, wise, sometimes world-weary voice is well suited to express her "saudades" (a yearning and nostalgia which cannot be put into words) for her homeland. Cabo Verde is a poor and heavily-deforested group of islands, so the sorrow in her music is also a nostalgia for a place and time long since passed. Her lovely, melancholy mornas ("Flor di nha esperanca," "Paraiso di Atlantico," and "Desilusao dum amdjer" [tracks 1, 4, and 7 respectively]) perfectly express her nostalgia for past, family, friends and the isolation of a place like Cabo Verde. The coladeras, on the other hand, are lively and vibrant, including "Vaquinha mansa," "Carnaval de Sao Vicente," and "Terezinha" [tracks 2, 6, and 14]). Jim Reeves fans will recognize her lovely version of "Maria Elena," sung in Spanish. The rest of the CD is in a Portuguese "colonial" dialect, but that only makes the music sound more exotic as it transports you to a completely different time and space. Read more ›
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious Rhythms November 8, 2003
By Edgy39
Format:Audio CD
Evora has a beautifully intense, direct vocal style and an ability to merge with rhythms both slow and fast. In Cafe Atlantico she sings a range of material from slow, lamenting love songs to samba-speed chants, all exciting and absorbing. The sequence and sound quality make this a thoroughly enjoyable compilation, leaving the listener wanting more.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Case Chipped/No Liner Notes
The music is a solid 5 stars, but the case arrived badly smashed (CD not affected), and there were no liner notes, so I have no idea of the lyrics, the songwriters, or the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Carolyn A. Waggoner
5.0 out of 5 stars must have for an intro to the genre
Ms. Evora has a tremendous voice & the CD is a good crossection of her work. Her music is a bit meloncholy, but very melodic. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Pat R.
5.0 out of 5 stars I was very lucky to come across her music
This is an amazing album. I'm so luck to have come across her music on Pandora via Fado music. Her voice is like what I'd imagine the goddess of earth and ocean, it's vast,... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Pomai
5.0 out of 5 stars A CLASSIC
I dont even speak the language but I intensely feel the vibe she is relating - I love this - soul stirring and hauntingly beautiful
Published 10 months ago by bee bee
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is my favorite one! This is the second CD for me. I wore out the first one! Good shipper
and will use again!
Published 10 months ago by elaine grant
5.0 out of 5 stars Cesaria Evora is a Cape Verdean National Treasure!
Although Ms. Evora recently passed away, her earthy, grainy, soul-wrenching ballads are treasures to be discovered by those still unfamiliar with the lady and her work. Read more
Published 10 months ago by cynthia j. campbell
4.0 out of 5 stars Good music
This is very good music. The only regret is that Amazon does not allow online downloading of the MP3 files outside the USA.
Published 12 months ago by Carlos A. Zelaya
2.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly what I ordered
Not the original version. Cover was different. I ordered it "New" but was told it had a scratch on the disc that did not influence the music. This means it was not new.
Published 12 months ago by vasanti fithian
5.0 out of 5 stars Bless her!
I purchased, and listened to, this collection 10 years ago. It is always on my mind, so as my daughters turn into teenagers (with the associated musical tastes), I had to slip a... Read more
Published 16 months ago by G. Palmer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Relief for Tired Ears.
Cesaria Evora has an incredible voice. The rhythms on this CD are a welcome change from today's contemporary Rock music.
Published 18 months ago by jackie Jones
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