Fado, The soul of Portugal


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December 2016

Noite de Fado - Fado Night




Friday, December 2 at 7 PM - 2 AM

Incognito - New Bedford

1606-1610 Acushnet Ave, New Bedford, Massachusetts 02746


Sonia Bettencourt & Tania DaSilva




December 2013

Noite de Fado - Fado Night




Friday, December 27, 2013

Fado Night

Grupo  Amigos da Terceira

Pawtucket, RI - USA



December 2012

Noite de Fado - Fado Night


December 8, 2012

Dinner & Show



Cambrense Cafe & Restaurant

4 New Park Ave.

Hartford, Connecticut

Tel 860-233-7180

Performers: Rosa Maria and Enio Rebolo


December 14, 2012

7:00 PM

Cafe Portugal

1280 Acushnet Avenue

New Bedford, MA 02746

Tel (508) 992-8216

Performers: Rosa Maria and Artistas Convidados


December 22, 2012

8:00 PM

Fado Night

Pic-Nic Restaurant

233 Ferry Street

Newark, NJ 07105

Performers: Fatima Santos, vocals

Portuguese Guitar: Jose Luis Iglesias

7 String Guitar: Cesar Garabini

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  Portuguese Fado, an old form of urban folk music in Portugal, was born in the streetsand  back alleys of Lisbon, Portugal in the early  1800's. Today, fado has gained itsposition in the World Music circuit.  Fado is very much alive not only in Lisbon, Portugalbut also in the US and Canada where many fado performances and fado night eventstake place. Fado music and lyrics can convey feelings of love, joy, sadness, pain passion and loss. This traditional Portuguese music is enjoying a major resurgence, spurred on by UNESCO's designation of fado as "World Immaterial and Cultural Patrimony" The word fado comes from Latin "fatum" meaning “fate” or “destiny”.  A common theme in fado songs is "saudade". The word "saudade" is difficult to translate in any language. It refers to a longing for a happier moment in a person's life and a yearning and hopefulness towards re-living that moment. Fado is usually associated with the cities of Lisboa and Coimbra in Portugal where it flourished.  Fado music is the national song of Portugal. It is very intertwined with Portuguese culture. To truly understand Portuguese culture one needs to experience a Noite de Fados (Fado Night). Lisbon bairros (districts) where fado music flourished include: Mouraria, Alfama, Bairro Alto, Madragoa and  Alcantara. Fado singers (male or female) are usually accompanied by a portuguese  guitar (12 string guitar) and a viola (6 string acoustic guitar) 

Fado Today. A blog about things happening now in the fado of Lisbon. Other Sites of Interest