Published in New Bedford Standard Times, Dec 22, 2011 p A5. Back in 1999, I caught Cesaria Evora — who passed away on her native island of Sao Vicente, Cabo Verde this past Saturday at 70 years old — in a couple of shows in Boston and New Bedford. The two concerts, one at the Berklee Performing Arts Center and the other at the Zeiterion Theatre, were classic Cesaria. Big, beautiful, barefoot and wall-eyed, she drifted in front of her band across the stage, smoking cigarettes
I originally published this piece in my old weekly column in the Portuguese Times after a visit by the freshly minted nobel laureate José Saramago to the Casa de Saudade Library in New Bedford Massachusetts, a library and community center in the heart of one of the largest communities of Portuguese, Azorean and Cape Verdean migrants in the United States.
October 28, 1999
The Portuguese Times
José Saramago entered the Casa de Sauda