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Barefoot Cape Verde singer and Grammy-winner Cesaria Evora dies at age 70
LISBON, Portugal (AP) ' Cesaria Evora, who started singing as a teenager in the bayside bars of Cape Verde in the 1950s and won a Grammy in 2003 after she took her African islands music to stages across the world, has died. She was 70.
Evora, known as the "Barefoot Diva" because she always performed without shoes, died Saturday Dec. 17 in the Baptista de Sousa Hospital in Mindelo, on her native island of Sao Vicente in Cape Verde, her label Lusafrica said.
She sang the traditional music of the Cape Verde Islands off West Africa, a former Portuguese colony. She mostly sang in the version of creole spoken there, but even audiences who couldn't understand the lyrics were moved by her stirring renditions, her unpretentious manner and the music's infectious beat.