Cesaria Evora (Mindelo 1941 – São Vicente 2011) cantant de música tradicional de Cabo Verde com la 'morna' o la 'coladeira' entre altres estils.
Sentirem "Sodade" composada a la dècada dels 50 pel també capverdià Armando Seferino Soares (São Nicolau 1920, Cape Verde 2007)
Sodade describes with great simplicity the nostalgia experienced by Cape Verdeans emigrants' who have been seafarers and emigrants for centuries. Cape Verdeans have been voluntarily migrating from Cape Verde to every continent, since as early 1800s. The earliest recorded migration of Cape Verdeans was to New England, because they were recruited as whalers for their exceptional seafaring skills as whalers and whale captains. This started the trend of voluntary immigration of Cape Verdeans to New England, as well as opened doors for future migration during periods of drought and following independence from Portugal.
The song "Sodade" refers to the migration of a small part of the population as contract laborers to Sao Tome, which occurred during the authoritarian rule over Portugal and its former colonies by Antonio de Oliveira Salazar.
However, "Sodade" is one of many songs written throughout the history of migration in Cape Verde, including the whaling era. Departures of friends and family, known as "despididas" in Portuguese and Creole, were often accompanied by "mornas" to bid farewell to loved ones and neighbors with a "serenata" or serenade. Songs like "Sodade" are reminiscent of this tradition and represent the nostalgia associated with migration in Cape Verde for more than two centuries. Many songs, like "Sodade", were composed to bid farewell to loved ones.
The history of Cape Verdeans as global migrants (an inherent influence on Cape Verdean culture and music) is why morna lyrics, like the lyrics of "Sodade", are often melancholic and nostalgic.