One of the most characteristic elements of the Portuguese cultural, artistic and musical production is Fado. More than a musical genre, it is a standard of national culture and art, elevated to the status of Cultural and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2011.
We leave you some curiosities and facts about Fado:
Fado is considered Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO since 2011.
Fado was born in the streets of Lisbon’s working-class neighborhoods in the 19th century and was initially sung only by men.
The word “fado” comes from the Latin “fatum”, which means fate or fatality.
Amália Rodrigues, one of the most famous fado singers, is known as the “Queen of Fado”.
There are different types of fado, such as fado de Lisboa, fado de Coimbra and fado corrido.
Fado is accompanied by instruments such as the Portuguese guitar, the guitar, the bass and the viola.
Fado is a musical style that expresses strong emotions, such as saudade, nostalgia and melancholy.
Fado was banned during the dictatorship regime in Portugal because it was considered a musical style associated with poverty and marginality.
Fado has influences from other musical styles, such as Moorish music, Portuguese folk music and Brazilian music.
Fado is appreciated not only in Portugal, but all over the world, and has been interpreted by artists such as Amália, Mariza and Carlos do Carmo.