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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 "violão" in Portugal.
The towering figure of Fado was Amália 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 Pátio 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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