Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Fado is Portuguese tradition that arose among the sailors and the working class. It has evolved into a passionate longing; a melancholic lament that's remarkably easy to fall in love with.

Tereza Salguerio, Ao Longe o Mar, O Pastor

Cristina Branco, Gaivota, Cantigas as Serannas


  1. Hi Michael,

    nice to hear you enjoy "Fado", a Portuguese traditional music genre.

    Here is a link to the song "Gaivota", performed the by Portuguese Fado Diva, Amalia Rodrigues (

    Greetings from Portugal,

    António, CT1ERW

  2. Hi António,

    Oh yes, Amália Rodrigues was amazing! By coincidence, I also have her version of Gaivota posted on my web site!

    Another current favorite of mine is "Cantigas as Serannas," by Cristina Branca. Simply beautiful...

    Many thanks and 73,
    Michael, AA1TJ

  3. Hi Michael !
    There is a famous young group of Fado called "Deolinda".
    Usually people say that is not Fado, but it is because this music reflects the being of people.
    Fado known until today was about the old times, with religious and politic influences.
    Now with Deolinda it's today fado. I'm sure you will like because it swings a LOT !

    73, from Thierry.


    Deolinda :

  4. Hi Thierry,

    It might have been better had the junta banned Fado outright instead of coopting it in order to propagandize. I'm happy that Fado was able to rise again from those ashes

    Yes, those dancing hula girls in "Fado Toninho" was a not-too-subtle tip-off that it's a break with tradition! You're right about the upbeat tempo and Ana Bacalhau has a great voice. We need music for every mood that we can dream up. Right away I liked, "Mal por Mal." Thanks so much for the Deolinda link, Thierry.

    BTW, I came across Carmihno's, "Nunca é silencio vão" the other day.

    Mike, AA1TJ