The sea voyages of fado

On September 20, 22 and 23, the Portuguese fado festival returns for its 5th year in Morocco, Rabat and Casablanca. The event that contributes to the dissemination of Portuguese culture in the four corners of the world will be organized under the theme “Fado and the Sea”. “Fado magnificently reflects the soul of a people who have long lived to the rhythm of sea travel. It was born from a mixture of influences that could only happen in a port city like Lisbon. Cradle of fado, a melting pot of cultures since the Portuguese took to the sea, Lisbon has been the gateway to African and Brazilian sounds, which have given its song a unique sound and rhythm, which overseas have revealed themselves around the world,” the organizers explain. The festival features artists representing the new generation of fado, in this case the great voice Joana Amendoeira and the duo composed of singer Camané and pianist and composer Mário Laginha.

Lisbon and Porto

Amendoeira is considered the earliest and most promising Portuguese fadista of her generation. At the age of eleven, in 1995, she won the first prize for female interpretation at the big fado night in Porto. It was in 1998 that it was exported for the first time abroad as part of the Portuguese days in Budapest.

From 2000, she performed regularly with the Fado Club, one of the most prestigious clubs in Lisbon.

In 2002, she made a remarkable appearance on the tribute disc to Moniz Pereira, produced by Universal Music. It was following the release of her third eponymous album that Joana Amendoeira visited Europe: Holland, France, Spain and Austria. From then on, various collaborations were born and the singer received numerous awards. As for Camané, precursor of the new generation of male fado singers, and Mário Laginha, Portuguese pianist and composer of reference, they are two talented artists deeply Lisbon and who identify unequivocally with their city. They will come to present their new collaboration “Aqui está-se sossegado” (It’s quiet here).

In addition to the concerts, the public will have an appointment with the screening of the feature film “Fado, História de uma Cantadeira” by Portuguese director Perdigão Queiroga. It also unveils a representative exhibition of fado produced by the museum and the EGEAC (Portuguese company for the management of equipment and cultural animation) and a conference under the theme “Fado and the Sea”, hosted by the singer Rodrigo Costa. Felix.

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