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Cesaria Evora undergoes heart operation

Cape Verde's singing star Cesaria Evora

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afrol News, 12 May
- Cape Verde's famous singer Cesaria Evora is recovering from an emergency heart operation at a Paris hospital. The star says she will hopefully be back on stage by the end of the year.

68-year-old Cesaria Evora has gone through a "successful" open heart operation in Paris after having suffered from an increasingly weakening heart, according to reports today from the singer's record label Lusafrica.

The record label further confirmed that Ms Evora was admitted into the Paris hospital in an emergency situation on Monday morning and that she was successfully operated the same night.

"Everything has developed in the best possible way, as directed by the surgeon," says the label, which states that the singer regained consciousness after anaesthesia on Tuesday.

The health setback will force Cape Verde's internationally famous singer to stop their professional activities until the end of the year, added the label.

Cesaria Evora had already suffered a stroke in 2008, which led to a significant reduction of her otherwise busy schedule of performances.

Ms Evora's voice has brought fame to the until recently little known islands of the archipelago of Cape Verde. Ms Evora has thrilled international audiences with the melancholic mornas of Cape Verde, influencing the take-off of tourism to this small West African country.

Since Ms Evora is honoured for having made known Cape Verde to the world through her characteristic music, the Cape Verdean government has even provided her with a diplomatic passport as she spends most of her time dedicated to giving concerts in Europe, Africa and America.

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