Experience Portuguese Music
October 5th, 2018 by thesuper

FADO: the sad and melancholic song of the FADO is the soul of Portugal and livelier than ever. A new generation of artists unites under the sounds of the once mythical music direction. The basic element of this type of music is saudade “, a Portuguese term that describes the longing. It is a sad music direction, over the fate (fado comes from the Latin fas, fatum and is considered a synonym of destiny “”), sings the death, infidelity, the despair and the melancholy. The origin of this folk music goes back to the beginnings of the 19th century, the lower social strata and the excluded neighborhoods. The old and poor part of Lisbon was considered the heart-wrenching music in the taverns, brothels, and the dark corners of the districts of Alfama and Mouraria, fado.

Later, these songs, which came from the suburbs, were very said in the higher class of the aristocrats, who recorded many verses of this genre in their life in the character of eccentricity. Just like many other popular genres, such as the Argentine Tango, the American blues or the Spanish flamenco, you can not describe the FADO or explain, but you must feel it easily. Both men and women can sing the FADO, although the largest part of the public prefer prefers a female voice in this kind of music. A good fado singer, fadista, stands out with his facial expressions and gestures to a high extent. The hands move elegantly from one side to the other, but is the body like a rock in the surf. This music enjoyed their golden age at the beginning of the 20th century, while the singer of fado forced the Portuguese dictatorship under Salazar to pursue music professionally and they imprisoned in the so-called FADO houses (taverns where only the direction of this music was heard). Nowadays, the FADO by official institutions is protected and cultivated as a tourist spectacle. Amalia Rodrigues was the Queen of fado and the idol is considered in Portugal.

It is celebrated as the most famous representative of the Portuguese culture abroad. Other stars of this genre were Carlos Ramos, Alfredo Marceneiro, Berta Cardoso, Maria Teresa de Noronha, Herminia Silva, Fernando Farinha, Fernando Mauricio, Lucilia do Carmo and Manuel de Almeida. At the present time, Cristina Branco and Mariza are the two most acclaimed FADO singers. Both try to mix this genre with the tradition and new musical styles. If you travel to Lisbon, you don’t miss to go on a spectacular concert of fado. There are numerous restaurants where you eat dinner and at the same time, the sounds of fado genius? can. The best FADO restaurants are located in the districts of Alfama, Mouraria, Bairro Alto and Madragoa. Find the best accommodation in one of the apartments in Lisbon. translated from the Spanish by Christina Gersberg

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