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Cesaria Evora, the voice that put Cape Verde on the map

19 December 2011 Last updated at 13:26 GMT

Cape Verde is mourning the death of its legendary singer Cesaria Evora who passed away, aged 70, on Saturday.

The "Barefoot Diva" - as she was known for performing without shoes - began her recording career in 1988, and won a Grammy award in 2004 for her album Voz D'Amor.

Her funeral is scheduled for Tuesday in her native island of Sao Vicente.

BBC Africa's Zenaida Machado looks back at the life of an extraordinary woman who won the hearts of fans the world over, many of whom associated her country with her voice.

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