The queen of the Cape Verdean song form known as morna, 60-year-old Cesaria Evora has been a darling of the global music circuit for nearly a decade, thanks to such irresistibly melancholy albums as C

The queen of the Cape Verdean song form known as morna, 60-year-old Cesaria Evora has been a darling of the global music circuit for nearly a decade, thanks to such irresistibly melancholy albums as Café Atlantico and Miss Perfumado. On São Vicente, her first release on BMG's Windham Hill imprint, Evora animates her mournful voice with lively arrangements accented by strings, piano, horns, and percussion. The result is a gorgeous, uplifting album made all the lovelier by guest performances from Brazilian giant Caetano Veloso (who sings in Spanish on the beautiful "Tiempo y Silencio"), Cuban piano great Chucho Valdes ("Negue"), and the Cuban ensemble Orquesta Aragon. Another duet—and a most surprisingly effective one—is the pairing of Evora and Bonnie Raitt on "Crepuscular Solidao," which features Raitt singing persuasively in Portuguese and playing a deliciously languid slide guitar solo. Sorrow never sounded so sweet.—PV

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