They say that the songs of a sad people are happy, and the songs of a happy nation are the opposite. But the Fado is not sad – it is cathartic. In these verses of suffering, survival, loss and death, there is a gritty sense of hope and survival
Born on São Miguel in the Azores, Antero de Quental (1842-1891) followed a path often taken by young Portuguese men from well-off families: he went to the University of Coimbra to study law
Coimbra is about 2 hours north of Lisbon, clustered over the River Mondego, and home to the oldest university in Portugal. As a great university (1288) students came from Lisbon and Porto and brought their guitars. Over a century and a half ago, a new style of Fado was born. They sang to impress a young women, than they sang their anguish for not succeeding in impressing a young woman. And they sang of Coimbra, a city they came to love.
New creative vacation classes offer glimpse at the soul of Portugal
The last surviving brother, Vasco Corte-Real, desperately wanted to lead a fleet in search of his brothers, but D. Manuel I, King of Portugal would not allow it. The last brother was crest fallen, and his spirit remains on the riverbanks in Belém to this day, as immortalized by Fernando Pessoa:
France has the Eiffel Tower, Spain has the flamenco. What makes Portugal different?
After two editions, STRONG Festival is a reference, presenting new trends in music, establishing important synergies with the public and with his own physical space of the festival
From 14th February to 4th March - This cycle of romantic music includes four concerts and introductory speeches
The Portuguese guitar or guitarra portuguesa has twelve steel strings, And, for all Portuguese it is forever associated with Fado. It dates back to the beginning of Portugal in the 12th century, and lovingly called the "banza" went with Portuguese sailors around the world. Not surprisingly, it has undergone considerable modification in the centuries - and makes a sound like no other instrument.
The Portuguese among us? There are lots of famous Americans of Portuguese lineage. From Katy Perry to Jonny Gomes: