Friday, May 8, 2015

CD Review: Cesaria Evora's 'Greatest Hits'

Cesaria Evora
Greatest Hits

After passing away in 2011, Cesaria Evora's music continues to be important for the people of Cape Verde, but everyone should be aware of her music. Thankfully, the folks at Lusafrica understand the importance with the release of Greatest Hits. There are twenty hits here, including one of the best songs ever to come out of Cape Verde: "Sangue De Beirona." The percussion and vocal medleys are tantalizing beyond belief. The emotive drums, strings, guitars, and wind instruments are very intriguing and representative of the country's social and cultural spirit. This is the latest review of her work since a Best Of release in 1998. Anyone familiar with Portuguese music, Cape Verdean grooves, African music, and world jazz with a Latin tinge will love Cesaria Evora's Greatest Hits. ~ Matthew Forss

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