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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Fado: Unesco Intangible Cultural Heritage

Portuguese Fado has finally been recognised as Unesco Intangible Cultural Heritage.
It is more than a type of music, it is part of an entire culture... A typical Fado song features poetic - often introspective and melancholic -lyrics combined with a mournful melody. The singer may be accompanied by the distinctive-sounding Portuguese guitar and a classical guitar, called "viol√£o" in Portugal.
The towering figure of Fado was Am√°lia Rodrigues, featured in the picture. Following early national success in the 1940's, she became the first Fado singer, a.k.a. "Fadista", whose fame transcended the Portuguese-speaking world. Her death in 1999 initiated 3 days of official mourning.
On another note, the video that follows was taken from the 1942 film "O P√°tio das Cantigas", where another Portuguese icon, Vasco Santana, sings "Fado do Estudante": A story of love, betrayal and studying, or lack thereof.

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