New Fado singers

Fado – always eternal, always new

 

Despite being an old song, the Fado is constantly having new expressions and interpreters, is constantly renewing and winning new audiences with a sound more contemporary and recognized across borders.

 

Emerging in the 90s, the new generation of Fado enhanced the traditional sounds and brought it closer to other audiences, introducing other musical instruments and new variants, making it to sound softer and, eventually, more harmonic. We refer to well known names such as  Camané, which introduced the sound of the bass, Mysia, who sings the great Portuguese writers, or Mariza, an intense, most acclaimed and internationally recognized voice.

 

 

New feminine voices...

 

With the turn of the century, the renewed identity of Fado won a place of prestige that increasingly attracts  young performers. There is a long list of new singers that surprise with their approach to this traditional song but the community is unanimous in electing Carminho as the voice that stands out. Carminho is expected to follow Mariza as the great revelation of contemporary Fado.

 

Born into a family that loves Fado, Carminho grew up singing and had her first album released at the age of 25. The title, simply "Fado", was released in 2009 and quickly rose to the tops of national sales. The country came to know this fantastic voice that in 2005 had already been recognized as the great feminine revelation of  Fado, being awarded the Amália Prize.

 

This award is named after the greatest Fado singer of all times, Amália Rodrigues, and distinguishes annually who contributes more or outstands in the Fado universe. Besides Carminho, other new interpreters were brought into focus by these Amália Prizes, as is the case of Raquel Tavares, a value essential to Fado in Lisbon. The streets of Alfama were her best school and quickly she entered the main circuit of Fado houses. From the mythical Café Luso to the prestigious Casa Linhares,  stages surrender to the talent of this young woman who surprises her audiences, especially when she plays the Portuguese guitar while singing, something unusual in the universe of Fado.

 

...and men's voices

 

But if the new female voices have received repeated praise, men are also revealing new dimensions of this urban song of Lisbon. The greatest example comes from a family of singers with strong traditions, the Moutinho, whose most popular face is the famous Camané.

 

But further, brothers Helder and Pedro since early have embraced music and pledged their souls to Fado. They have both conquered the national and international reviews, as well as successive awards, having published their works over the past years. Another achievement of this new generation has called for the attention of Caetano Veloso. After listening to the album "Outro Sentido" by António Zambujo, the popular Brazilian musician wove high praise to this young Fado singer, who comes from Alentejo. In this region, well known for other songs, was also born another interpreter known by Duarte. A psychologist, he decided to devote himself exclusively to music, a passion that has always accompanied him and which now he takes to  national and international stages.

 

There are undoubtedly other big names in this new cycle of Fado from Lisbon, where it is mainly the women who seduce with their warm voices, while closing their eyes and overflowing emotion. Reference has to be made to works and performances by Ana Moura, Aldina Duarte, Cristina Branco, Joana Amendoeira and Katia Guerreiro, and many other female and male names should be added to the list of those who have been raising the Fado to a new, more universal and always fascinating level.

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