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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 27 | volume V | July-August, 2002



                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 27July-August, 2002
Sound Reviews

Love Serenades

Cesaria Evora at the Universal Hall in Skopje

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Ljupčo Jolevski

     The better closing of the first Off-Fest in Skopje (behind which, by the way, stands the well-known promoter – The Skopje Jazz Festival), probably couldn’t be even imaginable. The fine art music lovers in Skopje had the privilege to see the concert of the matchless Cesaria Evora, one of the most famous and one of the most commercial names in the world, in the high-heated (and should we even mention – the crowded) Universal Hall in Skopje, at 19th of June this year.
     The “Bare-footed” legend, which, in this moment, works her concerts from her European Tour after the releasing of her album with her greatest hits, appeared at the Universal Hall Stage with her orchestra that numbers 12 instrumentalists, top masters of the trade, and men in which veins music pulsates of the Greenhorn Islands. So it’s understandable that right after the very first few minutes of their music that is so close to ours by its emotionality and warmth, automatically – all possible obstacles between the audience and Evora vanished, and the Skopje audience welcomed her in the only way possible – with opened exaltation. And she, at the start of her standard concert repertoire – by the way, consisted by her most known and famous music-numbers from the albums “Cesaria” (1975), “Cabo verde” (1997), “Mar Azur” and “Café Atlantico” from 1999 and especially the last-year’s “Sao Vincente Di Longe” – introduced the audience in the traditional morna-style – the music that strongly recalls her native islands and combines the West-African rhythms with Portugal guitar melodies, the Brazilian sounds and the British sailor cantations, within the atmosphere in which everything lays on the emotions and the rhythm which, in the mellow, and let it be even sensual way moves the one’s body. And besides that, in spite of her age and the professionalism that her decades in the business prompt, she wisely controlled the atmosphere, not forgetting even for one moment about the language difference and she didn’t allow that fact to interrupt within her experiments in her communication with the audience. So, everything was in the submitted to the essence of her music and its reproduction. The hits followed one after another, and in one moment, Cesaria even allowed herself to remain alone at the stage, with only her pianist along, (the idea was probably to introduce us with the natural ambient of the Cabo Verde

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