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Friday, February 3, 2012

What I like... Mariza - Que deus me perdoe

About Fado Music:

The most widely recognized music of Portugal is fado, and it's been an extremely popular form among the Portuguese for nearly two centuries. Fado is a bluesy music that began to gain popularity among the urban poor of Lisbon in the 19th century. Brazilian and North African influences helped shape fado, as did Portuguese poetry and modinha ballads. The roots of Fado are frequently traced to Brazilian immigrants who brought their fofa and lundu dance music to Portugal in the early 1800s. Similar to Tango, Fado was initially perceived by the bourgeoisie as a disreputable, lower-class music.

The crucial instrument of Fado, the guitarra Portuguesa, is a 12-string guitar derived from a lute common to the Congo region of Africa. This lute was carried by Africans to the Portuguese colony of Brazil during the 15th century during the early years of the slave trade. The instrument, having undergone some significant alterations over time, eventually made its way to Portugal. Africans and Afro-Brazilians had favored their lute as an accompaniment to dance, but in Portugal musicians began to use the modified version of the instrument to accompany ballad singers, and this is the particular milieu in which Fado was born. National Geographic