"Fado Music - Listen to Madredeus..." On the water Tip by Birsen

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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. 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. (Home-sickness has an approximate meaning in English. It is a kind of longing, and conveys a complex mixture of mainly nostalgia, but also sadness, pain, happiness and love). Some enthusiasts claim that Fado's origins are a mixture of African slave rhythms with the traditional music of Portuguese sailors and Arabic influence.

My favorite Fado group is Madredeus, I listened in this trip while crossing the Tagus river and at the train on the way to Sintra, Cascais, Estoril...

Aslo Dulce Pontes is a wonderful fado singer, I had chance to see her in the concert in Las Palmas 2 years ago.

There are some Fado houses in the city If you want to listen live fado music in Lisbon. But I heard they are mostly tourist traps like the Flamenco shows in Madrid...

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  • Written Oct 3, 2007
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