Fado is the sung expression of a state of mind, melancholic or joyful, of praise or satire. The word – from latin Fatum – means Foresight: the Life foreseen by the Oracle and that nothing can change.
MARIA SEVERA, a gipsy singer, who was the most famous Fado singer of her time (19th century).
Daughter of a Portuguese woman from Ovar and of a gipsy, she soon surprised Lisbon with her exotic beauty and her expressive singing. The 13th Count of Mimoso fell in love with her. This reprehensible love satisfied court intrigues and inspired playwrights and poets.
There are those who think that the Portuguese soul is sad, because fado is generally sad; however, to suppose that a song can contain the psyche of a people is like looking for the image of the sea in a glass of water.
How much Life there is in our folk dances and songs
A Severa March
Quem vier visitar o Bairro Alto
P`ra ouvir esta canção sempre sincera.
Não poderá passar sem dar um salto
Ao Restaurante Típico “A Severa”