Mariza, The most famous Portuguese Fado singer nowadays

Mariza was the only Portuguese Fado singer to join the Live 8 concerts and the first national artist to perform on “Late Show with David Letterman” in the United States and on “Later withConcerts-mariza Jools Holland” of the English BBC.


Fado is a Portuguese style of music that was elevated to the rank of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

The word fado comes from fatum Latin, and this is one of the most popular explanations which refers the origin of the Lisbon fado to the song of the Moors, who in turn remained in the neighborhood of Mouraria.

However, the fate just happened to be really known in 1840 in the streets of Lisbon, and to date only the sailor fate was known.

Many people still feel a bit curious to know what it really means the fado.

The truth is that this type of fado comes from our ancestors, where the taverns were places of encounter between nobles, artists, workers of the gardens, popular and foreigners gathered to sing and enjoy the retail fado.

The topics most sung in fado focus mainly on longing, nostalgia, jealousy, little stories of everyday life of neighborhoods and labors Bulls.

These were the topics allowed by the Salazar dictatorship, which in turn also allowed the tragic fate that falassse of jealousy and passion, but blamed all fado lyrics that speak of social and political problems.

This classic fado singers stand out as
– Carlos Ramos,
– Alfredo Joiner,
– Maria Amelia Proenca,
– Berta Cardoso,
– Maria Teresa de Noronha,
– Herminia Silva,
– Fernando Farinha,
– Fernando Mauricio,
– Lucilia do Carmo
– Manuel de Almeida.

In turn, the modern fado Began up and had much success with the singer known as Amália Rodrigues, who popularized the fado with lyrics of great poets such as Luís de Camões, Jose Regio, Alexandre O’Neill, Pedro Homem de Mello and among many others.

Born in Lisbon fado quickly became a kind of national music and today is known worldwide.

May be accompanied by violins, orchestra, cello but there are an instrument that is fundamental to fado, this instrument is the Portuguese guitar.

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