Cesaria and Madonna
Like many non-commercial, “authentic” artists ranging from American bluesman R.L. Burnside to Cuba’s Buena Vista Social Club, Cesaria Evora has been embraced by the rich and famous. Fans include David Byrne, Ed Bradley and Madonna. The last even hired Evora to sing at a 1997 birthday party she planned to throw at Gianni Versace‘s home, but it was cancelled after the fashion designer was murdered. When Madonna got married in 2000, she again invited the singer. But Evora turned down the gig when it transpired the Material Girl wanted her to appear without her full band.
This suggests Evora – reportedly sharp-tongued and impatient on occasion – can’t be bothered catering to the whims of Madonna and other celebrities. But, after a lengthy confab between Evora and her translator, the trans-Atlantic response to this suggestion seemed oddly sanitized.
“She has a beautiful show,” said Evora, adding she’d be glad to perform for Madonna in the future.
Thanks to Vincy