Cesária Évora, the legendary singer from the Cape Verde islands off the coast of West Africa, has announced her retirement due to ill health.
Nick-named the “barefoot diva” she’s known as the Queen of Morna – the melancholy style of music associated with the islands.
Her international career began in 1988 after three decades of singing in the bars of her remote homeland, a former Portugese colony.
A young French producer discovered her and invited her to Paris to record an album.
She became particularly popular with French audiences and her voice has been compared to American blues singer Billie Holliday.