Sunday, 2 September 2012

Fado Music in Portugal

Fado - Music Miniature Sheets
Fado, painting by José Malhoa (1910)
Fado is a music genre which can be traced to the 1820s in Portugal, but probably with much earlier origins.On November 27, 2011, Fado was inscribed in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists.
There are two main varieties of fado, namely those of the cities of Lisbon and Coimbra. The Lisbon style is the more popular, while Coimbra's is the more classic style. .

On April 03, 2011, Portugal Post released the stamp set feature their original genre music, Fado. The issue comprised of six postage stamps depicted the related famous  individuals with the genre and one souvenir sheet presented the painting of Fado by a painter Jose Malhoa which consist of only one stamp.

Fado - Music Sets

Modern fado is popular in Portugal, and has produced many renowned musicians. According to tradition, to applaud fado in Lisbon you clap your hands, while in Coimbra one coughs as if clearing one's throat.
Amália Rodrigues, Carlos do Carmo, Mariza, Mafalda Arnauth, and Cristina Branco are amongst the most famous individuals associated with the genre.

In popular belief, fado is a form of music characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics, often about the sea or the life of the poor. However, in reality fado is simply a form of song which can be about anything, but must follow a certain structure. The music is usually linked to the Portuguese word saudade which symbolizes the feeling of loss (a permanent, irreparable loss and its consequent life lasting damage).

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