Jacob Mendez
Jacob Mendez

“TTBZ. The best.” Małgorzata Walewska listened as if enchanted. Aleksandra Szwed as Cesaria Evora

“It will be something special, ‘The best of the best of #TTBZ!’. The finalists of previous editions will be on stage. The best of the best! There will be a lot going on,” announced the producers of the Polsat show before the premiere.

In the 20th edition of the program “Your face sounds familiar” occur Katarzyna Skrzynecka, Stefano Terrazino, Filip Lato, Maria Tyszkiewicz, Kacper Kuszewski, Barbara Kurdej-Szatan, Mateusz Ziółko and Aleksandra Szwed.

They evaluate their metamorphoses and stage performances Małgorzata Walewska, Robert Janowski and Piotr Gąsowskiwho co-hosted the show for 17 editions with Maciej Dowbor (currently accompanies him Maciej Rock). The anniversary edition also featured a new trainer who prepares the participants in terms of acting. Marcin Przybylski, who himself was a participant in the 2nd edition of the music show, is a professor of theater arts and an academic lecturer. We also know him from many film, TV and theater roles.

In the second episode (Friday, 8:05 p.m.), known mainly for her role as Eliza in the series “Foster family” Aleksandra Szwed will appear on stage as Cesaria Evora and perform her great hit “Besame Mucho” (check!).

“You came out like Evoria, with charisma like Evoria, with movement like Evoria. You were a dear old lady, an imperfect singer (especially an imperfect singer), who sings beautifully, but not with a capital S. It’s focused, it’s wise, it’s intelligent, it’s touching. And I thank you very much for that,” commented Piotr Gąsowski, moved. Małgorzata Walewska listened as if enchanted.

The unforgettable “barefoot diva from the Cape Verde Islands” went down in music history as a performer of the morna genre. She began to achieve global success after she turned 47 and moved to Paris.

She gained wider popularity in the early 1990s thanks to the album “Miss Perfumado” (with the hit “Sodade”). The teenage singer started giving her first concerts in port bars and in the houses of the rich Portuguese who colonized the island. She lived on the little money that bar patrons left for her.

She sang only in Creole (in the Sao Vicente dialect) or Portuguese, and apart from music, she was also involved in social campaigns aimed at drawing attention to the problems of Africa (she became an ambassador of the World Food Program to the UN. Her works include melancholic morna and coladera – genres typical of the Cape Verde Islands.

“I have had music in my heart since I was a child and I have been singing for as long as I can remember. Morna captivated me and what more can I say about it,” Evora emphasized.

Poles’ love for the barefoot diva was shown at the end of the 1990s, when the album “Cafe Atlantico” achieved gold status in our country for selling over 50,000. copies (most subsequent albums were also covered with at least gold). Evora visited Poland with concerts more and more often. She also performed duets with Polish singers – Kayah and Dorota Miśkiewicz.

In June 2011, one of Evora’s last concerts took place in Szczecin. Health problems and a number of surgeries (including heart surgery) resulted in the official announcement in September 2011 that the singer was ending her career and retiring from music. She never hid her addiction – a cigarette was her constant companion, as was a glass of wine. She celebrated these two pleasures until her last moments. Cesaria Evora died on December 17, 2011 in São Vicente, due to circulatory failure and pneumothorax, at the age of 70.