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Fado Night - Noite de Fados
União Portuguesa Beneficente in Pawtucket, RI.

Fado Night at União Portuguesa Beneficente in Pawtucket, RI. Tania DaSilva is back and doing what she loves to do, sing fado! This young and talented fadista made her first return appearance at União Portuguesa Beneficente in Pawtucket, RI on Saturday, April 5, 2014. Other performers for the evening included: Pedro Botas from New Jersey and Joe Ribeiro from Rhode Island. Musicians: Jose Silva on portuguese guitar, Viriato Ferreira on viola and Pedro Pimentel on contrabaixo.

 

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 Portuguese Fado, an old form of urban folk music in Portugal, was born in the streets and back alleys of Lisbon, Portugal in the early 1800's. Today, fado has gained its position in the World Music circuit.  Fado is very much alive not only in Lisbon, Portugal but also in the US and Canada where many fado performances and fado night events take 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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