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Legendary Cape Verdean Singer Cesária Évora Honored With Google Doodle

Today would have been the "Barefoot DIva's" 78th birthday.

Today's Google Doodle is a tribute to the late Cape Verdean icon Cesária Évora on what would have been her 78th birthday.

The doodle shows the renowned vocalist performing against a backdrop of a colorful coastal town, which depicts the city of Mindelo where she was born. The Google in Africa Twitter page, shared the artwork on their Twitter page, adding in fun facts about the singer and her many accomplishments.


The singer, known as the "Barefoot Diva, for her affinity for performing without shoes, was also considered the "Queen of Morna," the rythmic and poetic style of music, which often includes lyrics sung in Cape Verdean Creole. She received international acclaim for her work, becoming the foremost musical ambassador of the sounds of Cape Verde.

Evora began her career in the 1960, when she began singing on Portuguese cruise ships. Her big break wouldn't come until 1985 when she was discovered by a local producer after a performance in Lisbon. She released her first commercial album with 1988's La Diva Aux Pieds Nus. She is perhaps best known, however, for her seminal 1992 album Miss Perfumado, which included one of her biggest songs "Sodade."

She earned her first Grammy nomination in 1995 for her album Cesária, and her first Grammy win in the World Music cateogry in 2003. She won three KORA All African Music Awards during a single ceremony in 1997, and went on to win the "Merit of the Jury" award twice during her storied career. Her philanthropic work included being an ambassador for the UN World Food Programme.

The signer's work has been highly influential for a number of African artists including Stromae, who dedicated his 2014 song "Ave Cesaria" to the singer.

Today we celebrate the artist's unique legacy. Revisit the singer's 2004 performance of "Sodade" below.

CESARIA EVORA - Sodade. Live In Paris at Le Grand Rex, April 2004. (HD). www.youtube.com

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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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The 10 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Wizkid, Alicia Keys x Diamond Platnumz, Manu WorldStar, Maya Amolo, La Dame Blanche and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here, Apple Music here and YouTube Music here

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Michael Kiwanuka Wins Highly Coveted 2020 Mercury Prize

The British-Ugandan artist proves that staying true to yourself will get you further than you can imagine.

British-Ugandan musician Michael Kiwanuka has gone on to win the 2020 Mercury Prize at this year's virtual awards ceremony.

The win was assigned to Kiwanuka's 2019 album KIWANUKA, produced by Danger Mouse and Inflo. KIWANUKA, Michael's third full-length so far, seems to be the artists' most personal one yet.

In his own words, Kiwanuka told New Statesman, "I thought, what better way to say that you're comfortable with who you are than by using just your name? KIWANUKA goes against fame, it goes against success. It's not in the pocket, it's not a smooth rock'n'roll name that's up in lights. It can be clumsy, if you haven't seen it before."

Well, we are certainly grateful for the singer's personal evolution as it has landed him top honors in the industry, as well as, amongst his die hard fans.

The artist said of his win, "I don't even know what to say - I'm speechless. This is amazing...I don't even have any words. This is ridiculous, it's crazy! I'm so happy. Third time's a charm. It's blown my mind. I'm over the moon, I'm so excited - this is for art, for music, for albums. This is the only thing I've ever wanted to do so to win a Mercury is a dream come true. I'm so happy. Music and art means so much to me and this is an award that celebrates that so I'm over the moon."

Watch Michael Kiwanuka's performance of "You Ain't The Problem" off of his Mercury Prize winning album "KIWANUKA" here.

Mercury Prize 2020 Winner | Michael Kiwanuka - You Ain't The Problem (Later... With Jools Holland) www.youtube.com

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa Supports Removal of Apartheid Statues

This past Heritage Day, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that monuments 'glorifying' the country's 'divisive past' should be repositioned and relocated.