The Rough Guide To Fado
Fado was born in the bustling side-streets and alleys of old Lisbon in the early nineteenth century, and today the tradition is very much alive and kicking in the city. In steamy bars, where the music is always on offer and the drama is frequently high-pitched, strong-voiced singers and skilled guitarists tell their tales of woe and longing. Enjoy a handpicked selection of some of the finest Fado musicians, both old and new, on this engaging Rough Guide.
Includes bonus CD by Cristina Branco
- Listen Buy MP3 Duarte: Mistérios De Lisboa (4:18)
- Listen Buy MP3 Marco Rodrigues: Acho Inúteis As Palavras (5:21)
- Listen Buy MP3 Mariza: Que Deus Me Perdone (3:36)
- Listen Buy MP3 Carminho: Escrevi Teu Nome No Vento (3:14)
- Listen Buy MP3 Ricardo Parreira: Meditando (6:09)
- Listen Buy MP3 Pedro Galveias: Eu Quero (3:14)
- Listen Bundle only Ana Moura: Sou do Fado, Sou Fadista (3:25)
- Listen Buy MP3 Ricardo Parreira: Vira De Frielas (3:25)
- Listen Buy MP3 Marco Oliveira: Lisboa Será Assim (2:11)
- Listen Buy MP3 José Manuel barreto: Ai, Margarida (2:41)
- Listen Buy MP3 Joana Amendoeira: O Nome Que Tu Me Davas (3:54)
- Listen Buy MP3 Vania Duarte feat. Celeste Rodrigues: Lenda Das Algas (3:32)
- Listen Buy MP3 Pedro Moutinho: Palavras Minhas (3:43)
- Listen Buy MP3 Ricardo Ribeiro: Barro Divino (4:02)
- Listen Buy MP3 Hélder Moutinho: Que Fado É Este Que Trago (4:35)
- Listen Buy MP3 Celeste Rodrigues: Meus Olhos (Fado Menor do Porto) (2:56)
- Listen Buy MP3 Fado Perdição (2:51)
- Listen Buy MP3 Abandono (3:20)
- Listen Buy MP3 As Certezas Do Meu Mais Brilhante Amor (3:11)
- Listen Buy MP3 Saudade (2:54)
- Listen Buy MP3 Mágoa (2:00)
- Listen Buy MP3 Fim (3:01)
- Listen Buy MP3 Canto Ainda Por Alguém (2:12)
- Listen Buy MP3 Lírios (2:35)
- Listen Buy MP3 Há Palavras Que Nos Beijam (2:37)
- Listen Buy MP3 Quisera Lavar O Pensamento (2:24)
- Listen Buy MP3 Murmúrios (2:36)
- Listen Buy MP3 Fado Das Sedes (2:38)
- Listen Buy MP3 Arc'antiga (3:36)
- Listen Buy MP3 Pombas Brancas (2:12)
Fado is one of the world’s oldest styles of urban song. It was born in the side-streets and alleys of typical old Lisbon neighbourhoods, such as Mouraria and Alfama. As Lisbon is a port city, fado bears the influence of music that arrived over the sea from former Portuguese colonies, including those in Africa and Brazil. It was out of this mix that fado emerged, and later spread throughout the country. In 2011 fado was awarded a place on UNESCO’s prestigious ‘Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’.
This album features the cream of modern fado. Darling of the world music scene, Mariza is heard in traditional fado mode on track ‘Que Deus Me Perdone’, complete with accented guitar accompaniment and her perfectly forthright, yet melancholic vocals. Another young glamorous fadista Carminho treats us to a magnificent interpretation of the very famous song ‘Escrevi Teu Nome No Vento’. Ana Moura’s dreamily enthralling voice slinks across a beautiful arrangement of the song, ‘Sou Do Fado, Sou Fadista’.
The art of the Portuguese guitar is also represented on this comprehensive Rough Guide. Artists including Ricardo Parriera and Marco Oliveira employ the typically dextrous fado technique and weave elegant rippling textures.
Of course, any compilation of fado needs to acknowledge the legends, artists like Celeste Rodrigues who have been passionately singing fado since the early twentieth century. Listening to the music of old Lisbon sung by an octogenarian is a unique and precious experience. Celeste has the skill to gently express, in every word and every silence, the history of fado, and the tales of her long and colourful life.
As ever, the music doesn’t stop there: World Music Network also include a fabulous full-length bonus album by the inimitable Cristina Branco. ‘Murmurios’ was originally released as Cristina’s second album and is now widely respected as a jewel in the fado repertoire.