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Old 12-03-2011, 10:50 PM   #91
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I'm gonna take advantage on the fact that Fado was declared human intangible heritage by UNESCO last week, to recommend who I think it was the best portuguese singer ever: Amália Rodrigues.
I'll leave some links of some songs and performances of her, from her early stardom years, from her most prolific/popular/creative period, to her late years.
She sang other kinds of music besides Fado (like reinterpretations of traditional/folklore portuguese music, italian and spanish songs, etc) and some of the links will show it.

I hope you'll enjoy as much as I do.

The Art Of Amália is the 90 minute shortened international version in english of the original documentary in portuguese which lasts 5 hours.

(from one of her most popular albums, gained a political "charge" because the people recognized itself in the lyrics)

"Abandono" is about all the people who were arrested in Peniche for political reasons during the dictatorship back then. "Abandono" was censored and forbidden for a few weeks, but the album was a huge sucess and Amália was "too big to be forbidden", so the censorship was lifted.
I rarely cry while listening music, but this song is so "heavy" that I cannot avoid crying everytime I listen to it.

a Brazilian typical song played in traditional portuguese guitars

her best selling single

Amália feat. Natália Correia (a portuguese poet) singing a medieval song (XIII century)

(spanish traditional, I guess)

tradicional/popular (1976)

although this is a traditional popular march of the 1940's)

(although is a song from 1969)


this is the Fado Amália required she wanted to be played/sung in her funeral

Once again, enjoy it, hope you like it!

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