View Full Version : Fado music- familiar?

01-02-2010, 09:25 AM
It's a Portugese folk music. I'm not that familiar with it, but it is beautiful. Go to Youtube if you want to hear for yourself. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWSQuO8kKOY&feature=related My musician friend has proposed that we start a Fado band this year. Any guesses where to come up with lyrics and tabs? Here in Central Maine, it would be a safe bet that we would be the only Fado band....

Peerie Maa
01-02-2010, 09:54 AM
Have you heard ANA MOURA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2OxTEXvYs4)?

01-02-2010, 12:37 PM
I have now, thanks! The guitar work there sounded like regular ol' chords with a walking bass line to get from one to the next. Do you know what the mandolin-like instrument is?

01-02-2010, 12:57 PM
Portuguese "guitar" (cittern).

Check out The Giant Guitar? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pC-49GnjdTE&feature=rec-LGOUT-exp_stronger_r2-2r-1-HM) Some wood boats in the video too.

Here's a book/CD (http://larkinthemorning.com/product.aspx?p=BOK512) from Lark in the Morning.

Good luck with it. A dusky velvet voiced beauty singing in Portuguese would be a nice addition to the band.

01-02-2010, 12:58 PM
Come down to New Bedford and get some coaching.

01-02-2010, 02:29 PM
Truly trad fado comes in two similar but distinct styles....

(first understand the Portuguese and untranslatable 'saudade' a concept of longing and nostalgia and appreciation of what you have, cut with a remenbrance of what you once had... It's often mistakenly interpreted as being melancholic, if not even misery laden, but actually it is quite gay, it just sounds a bit lamenting to first time listeners)

Coimbra Fado is more structured, maybe heavier on instrumentals, Lisbon fado is strongly vocal, still with Portuguese Guitarra/mandolin/lute backing...

For beginners, Amelia Rodrigues is hard to beat, though a bit 'popular' but a great modern slant on the tradition is a woman called Mariza, young funky, very traditional but innovative and international, in a 'world music' manner...
Charlie Gillet on BBC world service world music thinks she's the biz

I like fado, but after about twenty minutes I'm thinking ....ok, but I'm starting to get a bit niggled....It's an acquired taste...

01-02-2010, 07:09 PM
Takes me back doing all night irrigation on a friends farm in the Algarve. At 5 in the morning we would finish and go to a fado joint for a steak and excellent music. Later listened to less rough stuff in Lisbon. Though traditionally sad, much is upbeat and cheerful.
Laterly we lived on the 'Quinta de Saudade' and it doesn't translate easily.

01-02-2010, 07:13 PM
Every time I listen to fado I get depressed ! it really is the music of the black dog .

01-03-2010, 06:32 AM
Hey Andrewe...Bilge worthy weird...P connection fado in the algarve same number of posts.....(cue appropriate music whooooooh)