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Tony and Abel Lima, known as Lima brothers, were born in Capelas in the Island of Sao Miguel in the Azores. They came to the United States in 1968 and settled in Warwick, Rhode Island.

Tony Lima plays the Portuguese guitar and his brother, Abel Lima plays the violao.


In the 1970s Tony played for a group called Insiders and Abel played for Ecos.


In February 1982, Tony and Abel Lima started started playing fado music at local restaurants and clubs as a duo. Their first public performance as fado guitarristas was accompanying  fado singer Lubelia Santos at Tabacaria Acoreana in Fall River. Tony, Plays the Portuguese guitar and Abel plays the viola.


Over the past 30 plus years Tony and Abel have accompanied many fado singers.


Available to play in MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, NH, VT and other states


Call 401-438-2363


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Tony Lima                             Abel Lima

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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) 

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