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Cesária Évora — Sodade
Album: Miss Perfumado
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Released: 1992
Length: 4:44
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Quem mostra' bo
Ess caminho longe?
Quem mostra' bo
Ess caminho longe?
Ess caminho
Pa Sao Tomé

Sodade sodade
Sodade
Dess nha terra Sao Nicolau

Si bo 'screve' me
'M ta 'screve be
Si bo 'squece me
'M ta 'squece be
Até dia
Qui bo voltà

Sodade sodade
Sodade
Dess nha terra Sao Nicolau
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Much different version from what I know, I think
As for me, this cannot be played too often. Gliding the spectrum of emotions. One of the most soulful voices gifted to us. Cesaria's spirit lives strong.
 beinder wrote:

A sentiment echoed by many I'm sure.
 

Definitely echoed here. Yup. After 14 years of enjoying the immense privilege of being an RP listener, I am making my first comment. This will be an excellent forum in which I might learn to practise great restraint at times. Or not. Right now, I am restraining myself from giving some very  strong recommendations for therapy, to help someone perhaps start to connect with emotions....
 cely wrote:

That is one of the stupidest things I've ever heard.  Congrats!
 
You must not spend much time online.  At the very least, I see no moral lines crossed here.
An I the only one who hears her sing Santa Claus?
 ShoePuke wrote:

From the Wikipedia:

Sodade (Saudade) is a Portuguese word that doesn't have a direct translation into English: It describes a deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves. Moreover, it often carries a repressed knowledge that the object of longing may never return.  A stronger form of saudade may be felt towards people and things whose whereabouts are unknown, such as a lost lover, or a family member who has gone missing, moved away, separated, or died.

I wish I could have seen Cesaria perform, that would have been a real treat. 
 
Damn! That is some word! Thanks for digging up the definition. I think this song is great. I'm a real sucker for songs in Portuguese.
This is particularly relevant right now. Stay safe, everyone.
J'ai vu Cesaria en concert à Paris en 1992 ou 1993. C'était magnifique et d'une pure poésie. Le temps s'était arrêté et elle nous emmenait loin, loin, loin 
Merci cesaria 
Simply beautiful ❤️
 cely wrote:

That is one of the stupidest things I've ever heard.  Congrats!
 
Have you heard Trump speak?
This song in her beautiful Caboverdian portuguese continues moving me deeply.
 justin4kick wrote:
Who showed you...
this distant way?
Who showed you...
this distant way?
This way ...
to Sao Tomé

Longing, longing,...
Longing,...
For this land of mine, Sao Nicolau

If you write me letter,...
I will write you back
If you forget me,...
I will forget you...
Until the day...
You come back


 

So grateful I saw her perform many years ago at a lovely outdoor venue in Saratoga, California. I went by myself because I didn't know anyone who knew her music. 
Beautiful, like Portuguese Fado, a much overlooked genre.
 bb_matt wrote:
I do like this song, not that I know what anything means in it.

Something like:

"Gaylord travis is stealing your lunch"
"So that, so that, so that this a terror semi clothed"

I'm a total heathen. 

 
My fave comment in a long time. {#Roflol}

(I do like this song too.)
 radioparadise9 wrote:
 Toppetasjen wrote:

Most annoying song, ever!!
Please, please, remove from playlist. 


 It will be easier to remove your head from your arse ... then we don't have to do anything


 
A sentiment echoed by many I'm sure.
 jmsmy wrote:
Buena Vista Social Club is all the world music I need.
 
That is one of the stupidest things I've ever heard.  Congrats!
 Toppetasjen wrote:
Most annoying song, ever!!
Please, please, remove from playlist. 

 It will be easier if  you remove your head from your arse ... then we don't have to do anything
 jmsmy wrote:
Buena Vista Social Club is all the world music I need.
 
You should get out more .... a lot more
 missionaire wrote:

I am so very, very sorry for you.
 
Always hated the term World Music, what does it even mean? All music ?
 jmsmy wrote:
Buena Vista Social Club is all the world music I need.
 
I am so very, very sorry for you.
 casey1024 wrote:
This song touches my heart.  It did before I even learned the translation of it.  She was amazing.
 
I concur. {#Good-vibes}
Buena Vista Social Club is all the world music I need.
Absolutely exquisite 
This song touches my heart.  It did before I even learned the translation of it.  She was amazing.
if u like this track... find the Artist STROMAE on Youtube... who does a rendition of this song, and I think he knew her.  Cheers!
{#Notworthy}
She is wonderful! She was in Moscow with concert.
It's good...and really does make the whole "nostalgic longing" thing resonate for me. I love it here, but I do miss each and every thing I've loved, all over the world, and I miss each and every one of my adventures. It hurts my heart how much I miss the 20 years of life abroad I led. I miss places and things that once seemed such an integral part of the Boulder experience that disappeared during that 10-year stretch I was in Tokyo, 2002-'12. Saudade is a very real vibration, and this song makes me feel how much I'm steeped in it...
 thanks for the info/enlightenment. It adds to my understanding and enjoyment of this song.  {#Smile}ShoePuke wrote:

From the Wikipedia:

Sodade (Saudade) is a Portuguese word that doesn't have a direct translation into English: It describes a deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves. Moreover, it often carries a repressed knowledge that the object of longing may never return.  A stronger form of saudade may be felt towards people and things whose whereabouts are unknown, such as a lost lover, or a family member who has gone missing, moved away, separated, or died.

I wish I could have seen Cesaria perform, that would have been a real treat. 

 


I think I was dreaming about Minnesota Duluth.
 grahamdillabough wrote:
Awesome song, awesome album.

 

 
Agreed, after hearing this song on RP went out and bought CD - entire CD is gorgeous
Awesome song, awesome album.

 
 ShoePuke wrote:

From the Wikipedia:

Sodade (Saudade) is a Portuguese word that doesn't have a direct translation into English: It describes a deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves. Moreover, it often carries a repressed knowledge that the object of longing may never return.  A stronger form of saudade may be felt towards people and things whose whereabouts are unknown, such as a lost lover, or a family member who has gone missing, moved away, separated, or died.

I wish I could have seen Cesaria perform, that would have been a real treat. 

 
I always assumed someone at the record company? made a mistake with the word saudade. But it turns out it's the spelling they use in Cape Verdean Creole, according to wiki.

Who showed you...
this distant way?
Who showed you...
this distant way?
This way ...
to Sao Tomé

Longing, longing,...
Longing,...
For this land of mine, Sao Nicolau

If you write me letter,...
I will write you back
If you forget me,...
I will forget you...
Until the day...
You come back


 jr2571 wrote:
Cesaria, rest in peace!  The barefoot princess.

Saw her perform in Casablanca in 1998 and she  was awesome.  Such emotion in her voice.  I believe this song is about a longing for your homeland.  Wonderful piece of music experience, not surprised RP is spinning her.
 
From the Wikipedia:

Sodade (Saudade) is a Portuguese word that doesn't have a direct translation into English: It describes a deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves. Moreover, it often carries a repressed knowledge that the object of longing may never return.  A stronger form of saudade may be felt towards people and things whose whereabouts are unknown, such as a lost lover, or a family member who has gone missing, moved away, separated, or died.

I wish I could have seen Cesaria perform, that would have been a real treat. 
What a beautiful voice. It's melting all the snow around me.
Cesaria, rest in peace!  The barefoot princess.

Saw her perform in Casablanca in 1998 and she  was awesome.  Such emotion in her voice.  I believe this song is about a longing for your homeland.  Wonderful piece of music experience, not surprised RP is spinning her.
Listening to RP turned me onto this wonderful woman's music. This is my favorite of hers.......
 bb_matt wrote:
I do like this song, not that I know what anything means in it.

Something like:

"Gaylord travis is stealing your lunch"
"So that, so that, so that this a terror semi clothed"

I'm a total heathen. 

 

I like the way you think {#Cheesygrin}

 

Like this song... Rated it a -9- at first hearing...still there for me.

Went to Amazon and bought all he music... Uneven, but some more good music...

Gets the feet dancing in the sand and a need for cold beer in hand to keep my balance... Must have two...You never taste the first one.

Beach music... If you don't like it just head for the airport, pick nice friendly airline and buy a ticket on next flight out.Tell airlines "Beach, warm sand, palm trees, women wearing almost nothing, nice warm water ..."   When you get there tell em " A-J sent me"...

You decide if/when you're coming back...


I do like this song, not that I know what anything means in it.

Something like:

"Gaylord travis is stealing your lunch"
"So that, so that, so that this a terror semi clothed"

I'm a total heathen. 
Thanks, Bill! Just what I needed...
One of my favorites... not much can compare to Cesária's voice
 Toppetasjen wrote:
Most annoying song, ever!!
Please, please, remove from playlist. 

There are a lot of annoying songs around, this is not one of them. You are entitled to your opinion of course but I think you are utterly wrong, please Bill keep this song for the rest of us to enjoy.  


I have always enjoyed this song and its thanks to Radio Paradise for introducing me to Cesaria Evora.
Sad to hear that she's no longer with us but we have the legacy of her music for evermore.
     1st time I heard this song was by Bonga from his Bonga 74 album, back in 1975ish.  You can see Bonga and Cesaria traveled and performed the song together many times.  He acquiesced to her version as well. She came to the States and sold out concerts.  My Mom and Dad were fortunate enough to see her 06ish(?) in Bean Town (Boston).  Tickets were tough to come by.
     I prefer the Bonga version, myself.  Probably 'cause I heard that one first and was accustomed to it.  You'll notice in his version he sings "este nha terra de Cabo Verde" as opposed to Sao Nic'lau.  I believe Sao Nic'lau is probably the way the composer wrote it.  Since the composer was born there.  (According to Wiki).   
Beyond amazing.....
The base of music: Expression of the soul feelings. 
 Alexandra wrote:
This song takes me back to evenings spent working on my novel "saffire_21" at the Coffee Cat in Santa Barbara. The baristas had this entire CD playing in a loop all night - but for some reason, it didn't get tedious. Got about 10 pages written that night.
 
I love writing in coffeehouses - especially with exotic music playing.

 
Interesting, "the coffee house novelist...."
Do you type or scribble?






{#Drummer} More please
The volume goes up a notch or two the moment I hear her haunting voice.  Simply lovely,...in any language.
I'm feeling this.
This song takes me back to evenings spent working on my novel "saffire_21" at the Coffee Cat in Santa Barbara. The baristas had this entire CD playing in a loop all night - but for some reason, it didn't get tedious. Got about 10 pages written that night.
 
I love writing in coffeehouses - especially with exotic music playing.
 ParkerH wrote:
So beautiful. "Saudade," to me, means the final, and permanent, stage of mourning. It is the fragile, sweet cast of hollowness that we refuse to let go for those things that pass that we never want to go. It is an intimate, human desire to preserve and make whole for ourselves a world that is constantly changing. This song reminds me of this feeling. It is beyond language. So is the singer.

 
Exactly.


Really like this song.  I don't speak any Portuguese at all, so I have always paraphrased the chorus as "there's nothing like a meatloaf".
Did not know she had passed ... nos temos saudades de voce linda cantora! {#Sad}
 Toppetasjen wrote:
Most annoying song, ever!!
Please, please, remove from playlist. 

 
Open up your mind lad! It will not hurt a bit :-)
 Toppetasjen wrote:
Most annoying song, ever!!
Please, please, remove from playlist. 

 
Whoa....cannot believe you feel this way about this song! This is one of the most beautiful songs ever IMHO......you must not have a soft swaying chillin side then?
i don't need to understand the language to understand the emotions.  love this
Most annoying song, ever!!
Please, please, remove from playlist. 
 Johnny-smooth wrote:

Ditto!

 
What they said {#Clap}
It's been an "9" for me for over a year.
Today, it's a "9"...  Thank you Bill and RP... 
 LizK wrote:
Wow! Thanks Bill, this is why I listen to RP. Fabulous.
 
Ditto!
I wanna hear it again!
It's even more beautiful because of her dialect. For Portuguese-speaking people it sounds deliciously charming (for me at least).

"Sodade és mia terra San Nic'lau..."
What an angelic voice and such beautiful songs,sadly missed but long remembered,thanks...
Wow! Thanks Bill, this is why I listen to RP. Fabulous.
Thumbs UP!!! {#Yes}
Very beautiful song! Thanks RP for introducing me to this wonderful singer!
It probably would be boring by anyone else. But the unique emotional vibrations in her voice make it a masterpiece. {#Chillpill}
Beautiful Cesaria. We miss you so much.
 Alexandra wrote:
I probably posted this a few years ago, but this whole CD was in constant rotation at one of my favorite coffeehouses (The Coffee Cat) in Santa Barbara, and I got so much writing done while listening to it. {#Good-vibes} It will always take me back to that place in my favorite city in the world.
 
I thought this sounded familiar ;)
love it, just love it


 dew34 wrote:

voice is nice but she hits a very strident point and that catches me the wrong way. Still very nice
 
she hits a very strident point?  maybe you should just enjoy the music, professor.
absolutely heavenly!
Most wonderful voice!
She performed this song here,  barefoot, whilst dragging on a cigarette.
 jen3005545 wrote:

Beautiful voice.

 
voice is nice but she hits a very strident point and that catches me the wrong way. Still very nice

Beautiful voice.


Saw her and other Cape Verde Artists at Queen Elizabeth hall in London some years back - such talent!
Thanks, Bill!
Another song I'd never heard before from a beautiful singer I had never heard of.

Another reason why I listen. There's always something new to discover.
Nice music... Thank you for this one.
Wow.
Goose bumps, goose bump, goose bumps...and an instant urge to dance with my eyes closed..A pure beauty!
Descanse en Paz.
She will always be among us with her voice, her art and her spirit.
Me likeee
Nice one.

RIP

RIP
So hauntingly beautiful. I finally clicked the Amazon link today.
There is no way to thank her for the great music, the beautiful singing and all the elements of her art, that make us full of emotions and feelings. Hope she is able to look down to us all and realise how much she has influenced our lives! Thank you Mrs. Evora!
 Shawneeo wrote:
Thanks for playing from one of Cesaria's studio albums instead of live. Great addition to the line up.
 
WOW
cool tunage 
Uma profunda tristeza circunda o mundo: Cesaria Evora morreu. Ele deixou uma cicatriz bem no coração, a marca de sua plenitude e esperança de seu povo. Descanse em paz.
RIP Cesaria.

Cesaria Evora by paronsuren
https://www.flickr.com/photos/10569208@N03/

Great singer from Cabo Verde

This photo was taken on October 15, 2008 using a Canon EOS 20D.

Copyright Suren Manvelyan, All rights reserved.

R.I.P. Dear Cesária Évora "barefoot diva", your songs endure in time.

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Your music gave me comfort in my hardest time. Thank you grand old lady. Rest in Peace!  stulio78

There will never be another Cesaria Evora. To know you're gone is too sad to accept. I'm grateful for your songs you gave the world. Farewell and rest in peace. . .
vistadelpasado

There is such passion in her voice!! I love each and every one of her songs,thank you for posting them!!  
homargc

buen viaja Cesaria, siempre estaras presente con tu voz. Desde Louisville, KY USA. 
ginahenao

We are blessed that part of her soul remains with us in her music! Although I am more & more loathing googtube & its programmers for all their cruddy changes, I discovered Cesária through this site, for which I'm thankful. She is one of 500 worldwide artists I've created playlists for on my musical tribute channel. chuck in Arizona  
chkjns

important what is and from where comes that style, but finally most important is the happiness and the sense and all incredible feelings which give us the music . She is splendid!  
nelidaniela

Cesaria jesteś boska!!!   
leonardohen38

This music takes me back to my roots. It makes me want to cry because I miss my people. Especially my Mom and Dad. Her songs touch my heart in a way none other can.  
only1williams

Gracias por tu música Cesaria Evora. Descansa en paz. Desde Bolivia, con "sodade". 
macvill1x

УЎОвОтельМП! ЗавПражОвающе! 
bogoslovska

Prawdziwa Dama. 
sudetczyk

Cesaria Viviras siempre en mi Corazon porque a el le perteneces...desde el fondo de mi almate despido en tu Partida...te amo!
  GuadalupeMontanez




Lovely, thank you!
I probably posted this a few years ago, but this whole CD was in constant rotation at one of my favorite coffeehouses (The Coffee Cat) in Santa Barbara, and I got so much writing done while listening to it. {#Good-vibes} It will always take me back to that place in my favorite city in the world.
PERFECT............If it wasn't for RP, I would have never found this brilliant song, and wonderful artist. In my top 5 songs!
This song breaks my heart and then heals it... So very beautiful, soulful, and evocative. Thank you to everyone who posted lyrics.
 ParkerH wrote:
So beautiful. "Saudade," to me, means the final, and permanent, stage of mourning. It is the fragile, sweet cast of hollowness that we refuse to let go for those things that pass that we never want to go. It is an intimate, human desire to preserve and make whole for ourselves a world that is constantly changing. This song reminds me of this feeling. It is beyond language. So is the singer.
 
Well said. And indeed, a beautiful song.


So beautiful. "Saudade," to me, means the final, and permanent, stage of mourning. It is the fragile, sweet cast of hollowness that we refuse to let go for those things that pass that we never want to go. It is an intimate, human desire to preserve and make whole for ourselves a world that is constantly changing. This song reminds me of this feeling. It is beyond language. So is the singer.

Cesária Évora - Sodade, Live Paris

Live. Paris, 2004.

Quem mostro'b
Ess caminho longe?
Quem mostro'b
Ess caminho longe?
Ess caminho
Pa São Tomé

Sodade sodade sodade
Dess nha terra dSão Nicolau

Si bo t'screve'm
Mta screve'b
Si bo t'squece'm
Mta squece'b

Até dia
Ke bo volta

Sodade sodade sodade
Dess nha terra dSão Nicolau

English:

Who told you
Of this distant path?
This path
To São Tomé
Sodade (impossible to translate in a single word, see
Saudade)
Of my homeland of São Nicolau
If you write me
I'll write you
If you forget me
I'll forget you
'Till the day
You come back


 calypsus_1 wrote: 
This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Amandio Cabral.
Amandio Cabral (b. 1934) - a Capeverdean singer who currently lives in Californiaoutside Cape Verde.  Amandio Cabral, himself, 76 y. old, is that censorship to view the video of Cesaria Evora?....Can you believe it?...I think it is a false pretext and can not imagine that makes any sense.

"Armando Zeferino Soares, (1920 in São Nicolau, Cape Verde - April 3, 2007) was a Capeverdeancomposer, author of the famous song Sodade. He was born in Praia Branca in the island of São Nicolau and worked there as a salesman.He had several disputes due to the authorship of Sodade with other composers, including Amândio Cabral and Luís Morais. Finally on December 2006, the court declared Armando Soares the author of the famous song. "  wikipedia




This is simply the most beautiful song ever.
 mhzacks wrote:

Portuguese...Obrigado...

 
Yes, of course! You are right!  So you can see, i need the education!

Nice!
 MilSF1 wrote:
Got to see her in concert in Ann Arbor back in 98 or 99. Great night even if I can't remember the date!
 
You mentioning A2 brings back good memories to me ...even though I did't attend her concert, her music makes me nostalgic.

Got to see her in concert in Ann Arbor back in 98 or 99. Great night even if I can't remember the date!
Came here to rate this a 10 and found that I already had.  Happy & disappointed at the same time—can I vote twice, Bill?

One of many, many fabulous artists I never would have been exposed to had it not been for the genius of RadioParadise.
 Saliby_Br wrote:

In Cabo Verde they speak Portuguese indeed. But I think She sings in Criolo too. 

Mas ouvir a sua lingua nativa é sempre bom {#Roflol}

 

Falou verdade! {#Cheers} {#Wink}
I can only guess "Sodade" derives from "Saudade" in Portuguese ("longing", "homesick", "nostalgic") ...
This music beatifully captures the essence of the concept—musical ontology {#Cheers}{#Devil_pimp}
My favorite song....I first heard this on RP...and have been a fan ever since!
 mhzacks wrote:

Portuguese...Obrigado...
 
In Cabo Verde they speak Portuguese indeed. But I think She sings in Criolo too. 

Mas ouvir a sua lingua nativa é sempre bom {#Roflol}

beautiful ~ {#Guitarist}

Cesária Évora  by Charline Messa
https://www.flickr.com/photos/charlinemessa/

Teatro Municipal - Santo André/SP - 29/04/08 

© All rights reserved.


Cesária Évora  by Charline Messa
https://www.flickr.com/photos/charlinemessa/

Teatro Municipal - Santo André/SP - 29/04/08 

© All rights reserved.


 jadewahoo wrote:
This is why RP is so worth listening to. And supporting with contributions.
 
Yes!


HOMESICK (Sodade)

Who shows you that
That distant path
Who shows you that
That distant path

That distant path

To Sao tome

Homesick
Homesick
Of my land Sao Nicolau

If you write me
I will write you
If you forget me
I will forget you
Up until the day you return...


This is why RP is so worth listening to. And supporting with contributions.
Very nice
 helgigermany wrote:
Nice for my spanish learning! Gracias!
 
Portuguese...Obrigado...