What is Fado – Discovering the Portuguese soul by Reeta Raman

Often described as Portugal’s version of the blues, themes of passion, betrayal, hardship, melancholy, and loss are deeply ingrained in the music. “Fado is life,” explains Evelise Domingues, my local tour guide. “When my husband passed away, I raised my children alone, and the saudade from fado was what got me through.” “You cannot explain fado,” another local tells me earnestly. “It is from the heart.”

The Portuguese singer Amália Rodrigues, who died in 1999, has been credited for making the m

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