Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

'Barefoot diva' to tread on Santa Fe stage.(Venue)

Byline: David Steinberg Journal Staff Writer

Three hundred miles off the coast of West Africa are the Cape Verde Islands, home to Cesaria Evora, one of the hottest international singers.

Evora is nicknamed "the barefoot diva" because she doesn't wear shoes on stage.

She will be in concert Tuesday at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. It's part of a tour that's taking her to North America and Brazil.

Evora first gained attention in France.

"The French have a deep affinity for African music. When (her music) crossed over to America that was an amazing thing and it cemented her universal appeal," said Jamie Lenfesty, who is presenting Evora at the Lensic. …

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