When we think of fado, we automatically think of feeling, of pain, of longing. A symbol so deep that it can be characterized by the shawl, played on the guitar, and intrinsically linked to the color black. We just have to close our eyes and we can imagine its interpreters – usually dressed in black – singing the longing and sadness
Fado, Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, is recognized all over the world, carried by great voices of Portuguese history, such as Amália Rodrigues.
Suffering, it has the ability to trigger strong emotions and feelings that must be lived in an almost crippling way. Descending from the romance songbook, it sings the deep feeling and the heartbreak of love for someone who has departed, constant sources of inspiration.
This musical style owes a lot to the concept of “saudade” (homesickness), for the nostalgia that the word brings, for the feeling of loss of what one once had or what was never achieved. Much is also owed to heartbreak, to loves and dislikes, which are transformed into powerful lyrics and sung in the most heartbreaking verses.
The voice is the priority. It comes from the soul, from the heart, from pain. It is to be lived like this, sung, cried, so that whoever hears it, feels it in the most painful way possible.
Popularly we see a woman, with her heavy countenance, in a long black dress, and a shawl on her back, singing these melodies. But this musical genre is also made of male sentiment, with a dark suit, men sing and intone their sonorous voices, captivating those who pass by.
Fado doesn’t hide where it comes from, and those who sing it do so for pleasure and out of love for this cultural heritage. And although we sing the nostalgia, the suffering, the sadness and we get all the feeling from the color, who listens, will not leave the same as when he arrived.