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Young fado singers from Portugal

Updated on June 28, 2012

Fado History

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. It is characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics often about the sea or the life of the poor people.

The music is usually linked to the Portuguese word saudade, a word describing a sentiment that is commonly considered to have no accurate translation in any other language. A similar but not accurate English translation might be to pine for something.

Some enthusiasts claim that Fado's origins are a mixture of African slave rhythms with the traditional music of Portuguese sailors and Arabic influence.

Cristina Branco
Cristina Branco

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.

The fado is undoubtedly Portugal's most famous music. It is also a most rewarding experience which amply repays any effort that may be entailed in its initial appreciation.

The first great fado singer (fadista) who survived in collective memory is Maria Severa Onofriana, who lived in the first half of the 19th century. Recorded fado, however, did not appear until the next century. In the 1920s and 1930s.

Guitarists Carlos Paredes and his father Artur Paredes were the masters and the great pioneers of this genre and of the Portuguese guitar.

Cantiga de Maio - Song of May

The late great Portuguese guitarist Carlos Paredes here joined by guitarists Manuel Paulo and Fernando Alvim and singers Nuno Guerreiro and Natalia Casanova in this haunting rendition of Cantiga de Maio, Song of May.

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Great Voices of Fado
Great Voices of Fado

Various artists - audio CD

 

Fado 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 and fadistas like Cristina Branco and Mariza walk the fine line between carrying on the tradition and trying to bring in a new audience.

Dulce Pontes, Mafalda Arnauth and Katia Guerreiro are other sonant artists that keep Fado alive, and brought with them a new look to the traditional song, occasionally reviving 19th century fado. The youngest world-traveling fadista of today and a top "New Generation of Fado" singer is Joana Amendoeira.

Aldina Duarte

Aldina Duarte
Aldina Duarte

Ana Moura

Ana Moura
Ana Moura

Carminho

Carminho (photo by Isabel Pinto @ carminho.net)
Carminho (photo by Isabel Pinto @ carminho.net)

Cristina Branco

Cristina Branco
Cristina Branco

Dulce Pontes

Dulce Pontes
Dulce Pontes

Joana Amendoeira

Joana Amendoeira
Joana Amendoeira

Katia Guerreiro

Katia Guerreiro
Katia Guerreiro

Mafalda Arnouth

Mafalda Arnouth
Mafalda Arnouth

Mariza

Mariza
Mariza

Misia

Misia
Misia

Links to the "New Generation" Fado Artists` websites

  • Cristina Branco (Message from Google: The web site cristinabranco.com was denounced as an evil place and was locked in accordance with their security preferences.)


FADO

Fado cannot be explained, it must be felt and experienced. Once audiences are very knowledgeable and very demanding and the "fadista" must have the soul to transmit that feeling.

Ana Moura

More informations about Fado

  • PORTUGUESE "GODDESSES" & "GODS"

    Portugal has been known for decades as the country of the Fado singer Amália Rodrigues and the football player Eusébio. Right now Portugal has two new outstanding ambassadors: Mariza and Cristiano Ronaldo.

More about Portuguese Music

  • PORTUGUESE MUSIC by frogdropping

    Living in Portugal means I'm exposed to Portuguese singers/songwriters/groups. Being Brtitish by birth means I was raised on a smorgasbord of different music ... and developed a very broad taste.

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    • funride profile imageAUTHOR

      Ricardo Nunes 

      8 years ago from Portugal

      I thought you would like it when I left you this link :)

    • Ralph Deeds profile image

      Ralph Deeds 

      8 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Great music. I'll come back to listen to it all. I really like Fado.

    • funride profile imageAUTHOR

      Ricardo Nunes 

      8 years ago from Portugal

      I´m glad you liked it. BTW, thanks for stopping by and comment on my hubs, much appreciated :)

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Very nice Bro! It's very sweet. I never use that expression. Perhaps it was the singers that provoked it. Nice

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      martina 

      9 years ago

      the singers from porugalia are beauti and talentet.

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      Ethel Smith 

      9 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Enjoyed listening to Fado in Madeira. Nice Hub

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      debnet 

      9 years ago

      That takes me right back to sitting at a table outside a small bar, in a side street, in a small Portugese village... drink in hand, eyes closed, feeling the sun on my skin, smelling the aroma of sardines on a grill and hearing this kind of music... magical ;)

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      Maria 

      9 years ago

      Very interesting hub. Perhaps you could add some Fado Houses for those that would like to hear fado if they go to Lisbon.

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      Tony 

      9 years ago

      I haven't heard of this before. The Cantiga de Maio is beautiful. I love the guitar sounds. The song remings me somewhat of Cesara Evoria (spelling? from the Cape Verde Islands).

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      Christine Mulberry 

      9 years ago

      This isn't a type of music I've heard before, I liked it very much though. Thanks for the introduction!

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      Cheryl 

      9 years ago

      Thanks for introducing me to Fado music. I enjoy it very much. It is very soulful, which I love.

    • funride profile imageAUTHOR

      Ricardo Nunes 

      9 years ago from Portugal

      Hey Ralph, thanks. So nice to see you again, it`s always a pleasure to have you commenting in one of my hubs ;)

      When I was a kid I didn´t liked it but since 5 or 6 years ago I started to enjoy listening to fado. I believe this new generation has made it easy to listen (nowadays even kids enjoy listen to it).

    • Ralph Deeds profile image

      Ralph Deeds 

      9 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Very nice Hub on one of my favorite music genres.

    • funride profile imageAUTHOR

      Ricardo Nunes 

      9 years ago from Portugal

      Hi Ahmed, thank you for commenting. I must admit your comment seams somehow strange to me (at least the first part LOL).

      As to your note I couldn´t agree more and if you read the hub you´ll find that I have said that Fado: "can be traced from the 1820s in Portugal but probably with much earlier origins." and that: "Fado's origins are a mixture of African slave rhythms with the traditional music of Portuguese sailors and Arabic influence."

      So, I do not understand why you shouldn´t say that ;)

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      Ahmed Lachhab 

      9 years ago

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      A note about Fado Music:

      Fado took and had its origin from a strong influence of Arabs music (Moorish) back in Andalusia and part of Portugal. A similar way of singing still exist in Morocco, as most of Moorish migrate (or escaped) to morocco (and south America) after they were hunted in Spain

      Or perhaps, I should not say that

    • funride profile imageAUTHOR

      Ricardo Nunes 

      10 years ago from Portugal

      Thanks Robie, I´m glad you liked it.

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      Roberta Kyle 

      10 years ago from Central New Jersey

      How did I miss this one, Funride? It's terrific. I love it.

    • funride profile imageAUTHOR

      Ricardo Nunes 

      10 years ago from Portugal

      Thank you for the heads-up ;) I already post another video from Ana Moura. I hope you like it.

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      solarshingles 

      10 years ago from london

      I love the music and first video! And those beautiful girls, too!

      p.s.

      Change the second video, please...there is any, there

    • funride profile imageAUTHOR

      Ricardo Nunes 

      10 years ago from Portugal

      By suggestion of Inspirepub (thanks Jenny) the link is now on the bottom of this hub ;)

      Hope you all enjoy them.

    • funride profile imageAUTHOR

      Ricardo Nunes 

      10 years ago from Portugal

      You´re right, the link must be wrong. Sorry.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      10 years ago from France

      Ups... sorry; its ok I found it. The link didn't work on my PC but I found it on your list https://hubpages.com/entertainment/GODDESS--GODS to ...

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      10 years ago from France

      What happen with https://hubpages.com/entertainment/GODDESS--GODS to ...?? I tried to have a look and it comes with a message that it doesn't exist!!

    • funride profile imageAUTHOR

      Ricardo Nunes 

      10 years ago from Portugal

      Thank you Andrea I also enjoy listen Mariza very much!

      Princessa, I´m so glad to have introduce you to fado! You can also read https://hubpages.com/entertainment/GODDESS--GODS to see how important is fado to portuguese culture.

      I´ll try to make more hubs about fado.

    • Princessa profile image

      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      10 years ago from France

      This was my first Fado experience... I liked it! Thank you.

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      Andrea White 

      10 years ago

      Nice blog I love fado music especially Mariza!

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