A book of remembrance will be available at the Museum on Wednesday, December 21 for the public to express condolences to the family of Cesária Évora, who passed away on Saturday, December 17, at São Vicente, Cape Verde.
News of the death of the internationally acclaimed vocalist was issued by the Cape Verdean Embassy, which also announced a period of national mourning, noting “Cape Verde lost its greatest Ambassador, the “barefoot diva,” as she was known in the world stages.” She was a frequent visitor to New Bedford, performing at the Zeiterion, the Verdean Vets Hall and other regional venues.
The artist was buried in her native city of Mindelo on December 20.
At the request of the consulate, the Cesária Évora Memorial Book of Remembrance will be available to sign in the Jacobs Family Gallery during museum hours, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21. Donated by the Aubertine-Lopes Funeral Home of New Bedford, the book will be forwarded to the consulate for presentation to the family.
Cesária Évora was 70 years old and is survived by a son and a daughter.