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Cesaria Evora: Cafe Atlantico

In the short few years that the great, soft-edged fifty-something vocalist Cesaria Evora has become a world music sensation, her voice has made that transformation from being an exotic visitor from the obscure world of Cape Verde (off the coast of Senegal) to being a familiar flavor in the stew of general world culture. She has arrived, on our stereos, our concert halls, and our dreams. And so, hearing her new album, Cafe Atlantico (RCA 65401; 58:26), we get the comforting feeling of encountering a new friend, and sink into the understated world of her vocal style, rooted in the Cape Verdean “morna” tradition.

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