cesaria evora: 1941-2011

cape verde islands from ENVISATSinger Cesaria Evora, dubbed the "Barefoot Diva" for often performing without shoes, has died in her native Cape Verde at the age of 70.

I was able to see her on two separate occasions at the Zellerbach here on the Berkeley campus. She was truly amazing: commanding our undivided attention as she worked the stage with a large tight band and horn section, and the legendary bare feet and cigarettes.

This Envisat image captures her home, the Republic of Cape Verde, a group of volcanic islands located in the North Atlantic Ocean some 600 km off Africa’s west coast.
The archipelago comprises 10 islands and several islets and has a total land area of about 4000 sq km. Islands visible from top left to right are Santo Antão, São Vicente, Santa Luzia, São Nicolau, Sal, Boa Vista, Maio, Santiago, Fogo and Brava.