Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Cesária Évora - "Angola" (two video performances, lyrics, comments)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post showcases two videos of Cesária Évora performing the song "Angola".

Information about Cesária Évora is included in this post. Cape Verdean lyrics and two versions of English lyrics for this song are also included in this post. Selected comments from one of those video's viewer discussion threads are also included in this post.

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Thanks to Ramiro Mendes for composing this song. Thanks also to Cesária Évora and her musicians for their performances of this song. And thanks to the publishers on YouTube and all those who are quoted in this post.

"Cesária Évora, 27 August 1941 – 17 December 2011) was a Cape Verdean popular singer. Nicknamed the "Barefoot Diva" for performing without shoes,[1] she was also known as the "Queen of Morna".[2]

.... At the age of 16, she was persuaded by a friend to sing in a sailors' tavern.[2]
In the 1960s, she started singing on Portuguese cruise ships stopping at Mindelo as well as on the local radio. It was only in 1985 when at the invitation of Cape Verdean singer Bana she went to perform in Portugal. In Lisbon she was discovered by the producer José da Silva and invited to record in Paris.[4]

Évora's international success came only in 1988 with the release of her first album La Diva Aux Pieds Nus, recorded in France.[2] Her 1992 album Miss Perfumado sold over 300,000 copies worldwide, and included one of her most celebrated songs, "Sodade".[5]
Her 1995 album Cesária brought her broader international success and the first Grammy Award nomination.[2] In 1997, she won KORA All African Music Awards in three categories: "Best Artist of West Africa", "Best Album" and "Merit of the Jury".[6] In 2003, her album Voz d'Amor was awarded a Grammy in the World music category.[2]"
Click for another pancocojams post about Cesária Évora. That post includes information about Morna music.

LYRICS - ANGOLA (Cape Verdean lyrics)
(Ramiro Mendes)

Ess vida sabe qu'nhôs ta vivê
Parodia dia e note manché
Sem maca ma cu sabura
Angola angola
Oi qu'povo sabe
Ami nhos ca ta matá-me
'M bem cu hora pa'me ba nha caminho
Ess convivência dess nhôs vivência
Paciência dum consequência
Resistência dum estravagância

Source: Thommy Sjöberg, 2012
[from the discussion thread for the video that is given as Example #1 below]
The composer of this song is Ramiro Mendes. The language is Capeverdean Creole.

Two versions of English lyrics are also included with the comments for the video below that is given as Example #1.

Also, click for English lyrics to this song. That page also includes the information that "["Angola"] is performed by Cesária Évora and appears on the album Miss Perfumado (1992), on the live album L'Olympia (1996) and on the compilation album Best Of (1998)."

These videos are given in chronological order based on their publishing date on YouTube with the oldest videos given first.

Example #1: Cesaria Evora - Angola

alcom34 Uploaded on Aug 13, 2007

Performed at Le Bataclan in Paris 1995
Selected comments from that video's discussion thread:

Francisco Santos, 2008
"This is Capeverdean Creole language (not a Portuguese dialect, despite many words are of Portuguese origin; that's like Portuguese is not a Latin dialect). Approximate, not literally translation:

That nice life that you're living
Feasts day and night
Without sorrow, feeling fine
Angola, Angola
What a nice people!
You won't get me here enjoying too much
I came, but I must go home again
The way that you live
Patience of a consequence
Resistence of an extravagance

Keith Reid, 2008
"Great how the pianist taps in a boogie-woogie stride on the down-to-earth beat from Cabo Verde."

luchodinis, 2008
"the guy playing piano is Paulino Vieira, one of the most complete musician from Cape Vert"

arsendj, 2011
somebody knows the name of this 'maestro' player guitar?????

pryncessable, 2011
"Whoever the guitarist is, he makes the guitar sing along with Cesaria Evora, wow! what talent? Guitar plays over head, and behind his back, he deserves an award of course along with the barefoot contessa! Watch this vid over and over this gutiarist thrills me, esp dancing along with Cesaria. Fans got their money's worth that night."

soniabreda, 2013
"The guitar player is Armando Tito, a wonderful Cabo-Verdian musician who lives and often plays alive in Portugal."

Mahesh Venketraman, 2011
hey you this is another from Cesaria and it translates loosely as

"This joyful life that you lead
Party night and day
Without harm but full of joy
Angola Angola

Such joyful people
You won't kill me
I came with my return's time set
This experience of your living's style
Patient of a consequence
Resist that extravagance

Antonio Baptista, 2011
in reply to Cornelia Dumitriu
"@coracio12 She's talkin about the struggle of angolan people the portuguese against clonialism."

Marian Grocky, 2011
"what music style is this please?"

Beatriz Carmelo, 2011
in reply to Marian Grocky
This is the Cabo Verde music (ex portuguese colony)"

jastyl, 2011
in reply to Marian Grocky

mariliamar, 2012
"on the top of that, she is not speaking Portuguese, it's a dialect that we from Brasil or portugal cannot understand... but some words here and there..."

0Moreno0, 2013
"Her music is a heavy rotation in Angola"

Example #2: Cesaria Evora, Angola -- National Geographic

Cape Verde, Uploaded on Feb 1, 2009

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