The Fado

The Art of Amalia Rodrigues

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Amalia Rodrigues was known as the “Queen of the Fado,” and sung beautiful, haunting and mesmerizing music. The fado is known as the Portuguese version of the blues and dates back to the 1820s. As kids, when our mom and grandparents would play it, we didn’t really appreciate it, but do now as adults, especially after having seen it performed in Lisbon (it’s very theatrical and the performers will not begin singing until everyone in the audience stops talking and stops fidgeting and it is absolutely quiet).

Below is our personal favourite song of Amalia’s, “Barco Negro,” (Black Boat).



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