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World: Linda de Suza, dead at 74, was the icon of Portuguese immigrants

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La chanteuse populaire française d’origine portugaise s’est éteinte à l’âge de 74 ans, ce mercredi 28 décembre. © Max Rosereau, Photopqr/Voix du Nord/Maxppp The French popular singer of Portuguese origin died at the age of 74 years , this Wednesday, December 28.

Symbol of Portuguese immigration from the 1960s and 1970s, Linda de Suza, a successful singer in the 1980s, died this Wednesday, December 28 at 74.

She had laid her cardboard suitcase in Paris in the late 1960s and had become the emblem of several generations of Portuguese immigrants in France. "A Portuguese has just left his Portugal/like so many others he came to try his luck," she sang in a Portuguese, his first success, in 1978.

Right from Beringel, his native village at the bottom of The Portuguese Alentejo, Linda de Suza had crossed the border, his suitcase under one arm, his son under the other. Like some 900,000 other Portuguese in the years 1960-1970, the young woman left the dictatorship of Salazar in search of a better life.

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But above all, she flees her family - her parents and seven siblings - who rejects her, sends her to boarding and pushes her until the suicide attempt at only sixteen. After four attempts at clandestine passages, the thirty -something lands in the Parisian suburbs.

Small jobs

but France does not immediately open its arms to it. The first years, she chained odd jobs and works as a maid in several Parisian hotels, where she does not hesitate to raise her tone and give fists in front of sometimes insistent customers.

It was in the late 1970s that Teolinda Joaquina de Sousa (his real name) began to give voice to Louisette, a restaurant bar. And what a voice! Noticed by a producer, this is the beginning of glory for the one that his agent Fabien Lecovre nicknamed the Cinderella of modern times.

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The fairy tale is written: Linda de Suza multiplies the tubes (a Portuguese, Uma Moça Chorava, Tiroli-Triola, the foreign), the concerts and the TV appearances, especially at Michel Drucker. Her story, she also tells her of her pen, in 1984, in her autobiography, the cardboard suitcase, unexpected success that she sold two million copies.

Ephemeral glory

His journey moves French and Portuguese, his deep voice and his festive and catchy choruses appeal as much as his simplicity and his well -tempered character. The former cleaning lady becomes an essential voice of the Portuguese community in France.

But glory only lasts a time. She gradually abandoned her microphone in the 1990s. In 1996, when she asked for a career statement to reach her retirement, she learns that her producers have never declared her. As if life continued to test it, it continues to fight.

The Portuguese singer was back on stage between 2015 and 2017 occasionally the "tender age" tour. Since then, she had lived in Eure (Normandy), where she died this Wednesday, December 28, in the morning, after being hospitalized urgently for respiratory and positive insufficiency at the COVVI-19.

For several generations of Franco-Portuguese, Linda de Suza will always represent hope, the saudade of an emblematic and painful period of Portuguese history.

"That evening, I had decided to put it back in the light": Patrick Sébastien pays tribute to Linda de Suza by broadcasting an extract from his return to TV (video) .
your browser does not support this video " She was in the shadows" Patrick Sébastien recorded a message on her YouTube channel to evoke the artist and pay him tribute. "There is a friend who left us, I am obviously talking about Linda de Suza", he said in the preamble to her video. To greet the singer's memory, he chose to broadcast the images " of a somewhat special sequence", his arrival in in the happiness years. " It had been a very long time since she had passed on television.

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