Sara Tavares was a Portuguese singer, composer, guitarist and percussionist who died in 2023.
Second-generation Portuguese of Cape Verdean descent, she composed African-, Portuguese- and North American-influenced world music.
She composed in Portuguese and Portuguese-based creole languages.
Although Portuguese was the main language of her songs, it’s not rare to find in her repertoire multilingual songs mixing Portuguese with Portuguese creole and even English in the same song (e.g.”One Love”).
Tavares won the 1993/1994 final of the Endemol song contest Chuva de Estrelas (performing Whitney Houston’s “One Moment in Time”), which helped her win the Portuguese Television Song Contest final in 1994, consequently earning a place in the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, with the song “Chamar a Música” reaching 8th place.
Tavares was also known for singing the European-Portuguese version of “God Help the Outcasts” for the Disney movie “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” which won a Disney award for the best version of the original song.
She also won a Portuguese Golden Globe for Best Portuguese Singer in 2000.
Sara Tavares Biography
Sara Alexandra Lima Tavares was born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1978 to Cape Verdean immigrants.
Tavares’s parents were immigrants from Cape Verde who settled in Almada in the 1970s.
While still a child, she was left in the care of an old woman when her father left the family and her mother moved to the south of the country with her younger siblings.
Tavares showed great musical promise from a young age; in 1994 she won the national television song contest Chuva de Estrelas, performing Whitney Houston’s “One Moment in Time”.
That same year, she won the Festival da Canção, that earned Tavares a slot in the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest at the age of 16.
Her winning song, “Chamar a Música,” was featured on her debut EP, Sara Tavares & Shout (1996), where Tavares mixed gospel and funk with her native Portuguese influences.
Her debut album Mi Ma Bô was produced by Lokua Kanza and released in 1999. In 2017, eight years after Xinti, Tavares released Fitxadu.
The album was inspired in Lisbon’s different African sounds and cultures and features a more electronic and urban sound than Tavares’s previous works.
The album received a Latin Grammy nomination for Best Portuguese Language Roots Album.
Sara Tavares died on 19 November 2023 in Lisbon, at the age of 45.
Sara Tavares Husband
No details regarding Sara Tavares’s husband are available.
It appears that she has chosen to keep her personal life and relationships undisclosed to the general public.
She maintains a strong inclination towards dedicating her attention to her music and well-being.
Sara Tavares children
There is a lack of information regarding Sara Tavares’ parental status, and it is unclear if she has any children.
Sara Tavares parents
Sara Tavares’s parents were immigrants from Cape Verde who settled in Almada, a city near Lisbon, in the 1970s.
While she was still a child, her father left the family and her mother moved to the south of the country with her younger siblings.
She was then left in the care of an old woman. She did not have much contact with her parents or her Cape Verdean roots until she became an adult.
Sara Tavares siblings
Sara Tavares had four siblings: two brothers and two sisters.
Although the specific names of her siblings remain undisclosed to the public, it is plausible that they bear the same surname as Sara.
Sara Tavares family
Sara Tavares had a family of six members, including herself. Here is a list of her family members and their relationship to her:
Father: He was an immigrant from Cape Verde who settled in Almada in the 1970s. He left the family when Sara was still a child and moved to the US.
Mother: She was also an immigrant from Cape Verde who settled in Almada in the 1970s. She moved to the south of Portugal with Sara’s younger siblings, leaving Sara in the care of an old woman.
Two brothers: They were Sara’s younger siblings who moved to the south of Portugal with their mother. Their names are not available.
Two sisters: They were also Sara’s younger siblings who moved to the south of Portugal with their mother. Their names are not available.
Sara Tavares net worth
Sara Tavares’s net worth was somewhere between $1 million and $5 million.
Sara Tavares cause of death
Sara Tavares died on 19 November 2023 in Lisbon, at the age of 45, from a brain tumour that she had been diagnosed with since 2009.
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