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I have carried this sodade in my being since being a young girl.
I remember walking into a store in Venice, California, maybe 16 years ago and instantly suppressing tears as I heard her crooning those words: "sodade, sodade."
The Iran I remember or have sodade for is wild with history and rich with the generosity of its people.
Wikipedia describes sodade or saudade as a "vague and constant desire for something that does not and probably cannot exist... a turning towards the past or towards the future".
Ms. évora's music was in a style called morna, which is sung in taverns on the Cape Verde islands: slow, pensive ballads with an underlying lilt, suffused with sodade, the Cape Verdean creole term for a nostalgic longing that pervades music across Portugal where the word is saudade and its former empire.