Fado is cathartic, and full of a longing to return to a place and time that never was. But, like anything about Portugal, there is a lot more there that you might think. Fado is often referred to as a Lisbon song, and that is not exactly true. The Fado, the oldest form of popular music still practiced in Europe, reflects the complex soul of the Portuguese. Neither sad nor joyous, the Fado is a song of "fallen souls, lost nights, strange shadows, love, jealousy, ashes and flames."
Back in 1952, as Portugal marked 145 years since the French Invasions of the Napoleonic Wars, Raul Ferrão and José Galhardo penned a fado entitled "Lisboa não sejas francesa," or "Lisbon, do not be French," for a musical review. At the time, numerous shops and boutiques in Lisbon had French...
Portuguese guitarist Marta Pereira da Costa is about to launch a 4-city US tour, her first, playing seven performances this March -- including New York’s Lincoln Center (New York), DC’s Kennedy Center of Performing Arts (Washington, DC) and Austin’s SXSW/South by Southwest Festival, one of the three largest annual music festivals in the United States.
A new hotel in Lisbon, O Artista, celebrates a former owner, the great Vasco Santana. A household name - Vasco Santana was a legend of the stage and screen. Born in Benfica in Lisbon in 1898, Vasco Santana remains a beloved star more than a half century after his death. He was a brilliant actor and comedian. His presence in films launched the romantic comedy in Portugal, and the Golden Age of Portuguese film.
An amazing Carnival celebration is to be found on sunny Madeira Island, where celebrations go back centuries. Azores Airlines is offering round-trip package starting at $1,999 per person (incl. tax) double occupancy. The deal includes round trip air from Boston, seven nights hotel, breakfast, 4 tours, 3 lunches and a dinner. Wow.
One of Portugal's most colorful festivals is back in 2019, with centuries of pageantry and tradition! The “Festa dos Tabuleiros” has been scheduled to run from June 29th to July 8th, 2019 in the historic city of Tomar. “Festa dos Tabuleiros,” or Festival of Trays, happens every four years or so and is unique in the world
Cante Alentejano is a typical style of music in Alentejo exclusively involving voices. Mostly men get together to sing along lyrics about the life in region, traditions, family or love. Well coordinated, the singers can reach out to every listener emotions with their powerful voices.
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This is the first time that Portugal is hosting the Eurovision Song Contest. Starting on May 8 in Lisbon, the festival that was a phenomenon on its early years in the country recovered its fame throughout the country that had already give up hopes of a victory.
Viola da Terra is a typical instrument from Azores that's handcrafted and carries references to the azorean migration period and the feeling of "saudade". Very similar to the Guitarra Portuguese, used to play fado, this guitar also gives sound to love songs and traditional sayings.
The famous portuguese singer, Antonio Zambujo, is giving a special azorean tour. On May, he will be performing with his guitar through all the islands to bring a taste of fado for the Atlantic.