Amalia Rodrigues and Cristina Branco Sing Fado
If you've never heard fado your're in for a treat if you tune in to this YouTube video of Portugal's greatest fado singer, the late Amalia Rodrigues. I've also included a video of contemporary singer beautiful Cristina Branco.
Fado is somewhat similar to Spanish flamenco or cante jondo, and it's content is in some ways akin to American blues and country music--lost lovers and other sad themes. Fado is a staple of Lisbon nightlife. Well worth a try after you've seen the famed Gulbenkian Museum in the afternoon.
Fado (translated as destiny or fate) is a music genre which can be traced from the 1820s in Portugal, but probably with much earlier origins. In popular belief, Fado is a form of music characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics, often about the sea or the life of the poor. However, in reality Fado is simply a form of song which can be about anything, but must follow a certain structure.
The music is usually linked to the Portuguese word saudade (that has no match in English but it could be understood as nostalgia felt while missing someone), a word describing a sentiment. The word "pine", sharing the same root as the portuguese word "pena" (which has evolved to express the feeling of being sorry for someone) seems to describe the meaning of the word saudade only in very crude terms as a feeling of nostalgia, or longing, which is agreed by translators to not be an accurate description.Furthermore, because the word pine is actually a verb in English whilst saudade is simply a noun, any translation using these two words would be inaccurate.
There are two main varieties of Fado, namely those of the cities of Lisbon and Coimbra. The Lisbon style is the most popular, while Coimbra's is the more refined style. Modern fado is popular in Portugal, and has produced many renowned musicians. According to tradition, to applaud fado in Lisbon you clap your hands, while in Coimbra one coughs like if clearing one's throat.
Mainstream fado performances during the 20th century included only a singer, a Portuguese guitar player and a classical guitar player but more recent settings range from singer and string quartet to full orchestra.
Cape-Verdean morna is a close relative of fado.
3-27-11NYTimes Ana Moura--Carving Out a Bold Destiny for Fado
- Ana Moura Is Among Singers Reinvigorating Fado - NYTimes.com
Fado, Portugals soulful, guitar-based national song style, is experiencing an explosion of new voices and a reinterpretation of a genre that had come to seem hidebound.
Portugal's Greatest Singer-Amalia Rodrigues
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Amália da Piedade Rebordão Rodrigues, GCSE, GCIH, pron. IPA: [ɐ'maliɐ ʁu'dɾigɨʃ], (July 23, 1920 – October 6, 1999) was a Portuguese singer and actress. Born in Lisbon, official documents give her date of birth as July 23, but Rodrigues always said her birthday was July 1, 1920. She was born in the rua Martim Vaz (Martim Vaz Street), freguesia of Pena, Lisbon. Her father was a trumpet player and cobbler from Fundão who returned there when Amália was just over a year old, leaving her to live in Lisbon with her maternal grandmother in a deeply Catholic environment until she was 14, when her parents returned to the capital and she moved back in with them.
She was known as the "Rainha do Fado" ("Queen of Fado") and was most influential in popularizing the fado worldwide. She was unquestionably the most important figure in the genre’s development, by virtue of an innate interpretive talent carefully nurtured throughout a 40-year recording and stage career. Rodrigues' performances and choice of repertoire pushed Fado’s boundaries and helped redefine it and reconfigure it for her and subsequent generations. In effect, Rodrigues wrote the rulebook on what fado could be and on how a female singer—or Fadista—should perform it, to the extent that she remains an unsurpassable model and an unending source of repertoire for all those who came afterwards. Rodrigues also remains the sole truly international star to have ever come out of Portugal, with an extensive international career between the 1950s and the 1970s, although in an era where such efforts were not as easily quantified as today. Other well-known international fado artists such as Madredeus, Dulce Pontes and Mariza have come close, however.
Amalia Rodrigues "Solidao" 1969
Amalia Rodrigues--Com que voz
Cristina Branco wikibio
- Cristina Branco - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Cristina Branco is a contemporary Portuguese fado singer. She was born in 1972.
Fado with John Carlos Silva "Eterna Amizade"
Cristina Branco "Agua e Mel"
Young Fado Singers from Portugal
- Young fado singers from Portugal
Fado in Nowadays Click edit above to add content to this empty capsule. Nowadays Portuguese younger generation respects fado but is not dedicated to it. Contemporary fado artists like Misia have introduced the music to performers such as Sting. Misia
Amalia Rodrigues the Queen of Fado
- Amlia Rodrigues the Queen of Fado
Amlia Rodrigues, the portuguese "Diva" wich is known as the Queen of Fado. Amlia Rodrigues has sold millions of albums all over the world and is recognized as a great legend. Fado is a portuguese word...
Fado--Songs of Nostalgia
- Fado: Songs of Nostalgia
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