2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

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Elida Almeida

Thursday, March 17
10:00PM - 10:40PM

Flamingo Cantina
515 E 6th St


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Born in 1993 in the town of Pedra Badejo, Santa Cruz, on the Cape Verdean island of Santiago, Elida Almeida lived in her grandparents’ home in rural Matinho. When her adored father died before his time, she was devastated. As if the loss were not enough, she then had to leave all she knew behind and move with her mother to the unfamiliar island of Maio. But despite all this, Elida refused to let misfortune dampen her spirits. Her childhood may have seemed gray, but her dreams were bright and colorful. After school on Maio, she would help her mother, who was working as a street vendor, but above all, she learned to sing at church and even presented a local radio show. Elida had a strong sense of justice and thought to become a judge or district attorney to help people who, like her, were facing hardship through no fault of their own. But music was her great passion.
She was already a mother by the time she returned to Santa...

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