Last weekend many music-lovers, including several from The Works team, went on a pilgrimage of sorts, to Macau. And the object of that pilgrimage was Cesoria Evora, a diva known for her preference for singing in her bare feet. She’s a several-time Grammy nominee and winner of a 2003 Grammy Award. Cesaria sings in the mornas genre, which has elements of Angolan landu, Portuguese fado, Brazilian modinha, and the blues. She has become the best-known interpreter of music from the Cape Verde islands, off the west coast of Africa.
The 2008 Academy Awards were the Oscars that almost didn’t happen, due to the Hollywood writers’ strike. Luckily the dispute was resolved, and – in the words of show host Jon Stewart – it was time for the make-up sex. Yesterday’s award ceremony may not have been the most controversial ever, or even one particularly full of outstanding moments, but it’s all about the movies, and as reviewer Gary Pollard tells us, for those it was a very good year.
The news came out of the blue shortly before Chinese New Year. It shocked not only the staff but also writers who had connections with SCMP Book Publishing Limited. The company has suspended business from the beginning of February onwards. Books unsold by the end of March will be retrieved or destroyed, and the group may retain the rights of any book it has already accepted from authors, whether published or unpublished. There’s been no mention of releasing or reselling copyright to the authors, who include some of Hong Kong’s bestsellers, and they are far from happy about it.
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