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HAVE YOU HEARD OF FADO?

Well, .. Fado and Portuguese culture are one and the same. 

The sound of the fado music at night time,  played in a context of an entire city shaped on moasaic-style sidewalks , narrow streets, women hanging their washing on balconies, the aboundance smell of seafood, are the memories we take with us from Portugal.

Fado is currently a world wide known symbol of Portugal, being represented for many years in foreign countries by Amália Rodrigues, the Singer we have chosen for this video.

She’s been credited with defining the style of the music, and when she died in 1999, the government declared three days of national mourning and awarded her a state funeral.

Fado, which means “destiny” or “fate” in Portuguese, is an oral tradition, recognized by UNESCO as part of the intangible heritage of humanity , a genre of music born in Lisbon that can be traced to the early 1800s. With its earlier roots, having emerged, according to many researchers, as a fusion between the music of African slaves and the traditional music of Portuguese sailors, enriched with some Arabic elements, Fado is sometimes called Portugal’s soul music, for it is often characterized as mournful, and lyrics often tell the stories of pain and poverty.

Blog Video 74 from SAMt & Bike Without Borders on Vimeo.