“The only thing that matters is to feel the Fado…”

Amalia Rodrigues

The word Fado comes from the latin fatum (fate, death, utterance). Fado is characterised by mournful tunes and lyrics – infused with a sentiment of resignation, fatefulness and melancholia. The spirit of Fado is often captured by the portuguese word saudade – longing. This music emerged from the Alfama and Barria Alta districts of Lisbon in the early 19th century. It is most commonly performed by a duo of guitarist and singer. Visiting Lisbon, it is still possible to sense the loss associated with the massive earthquake of 1755. This event brought a massive empire to it’s knees. This music seems to reflect unforeseen change, the need to recover and the longing a prior time in life. It is not depressing, but is a rare moment of deeper reflection. In 2011, Fado was added to the UNECO Cultural Heritage List. #ifeelabitfado #letsmakelemonade

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