The importance of Fado in Lisbon
The importance of Fado in Lisbon
The identity of the country is reflected in the culture of Fado. We have prepared a blog post for you to learn more about the history of fado in Lisbon.
Known worldwide, Fado was recently considered an Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. It is understandable because this musical style reflects a large part of the country's identity. Since the time of the Discoveries, the Portuguese have carried with them a feeling of melancholy that is purged through music.

More than guitar notes, Fado is part of the national heritage, which is linked to the feeling of saudade (by the way, a word that only exists in our dictionaries, without a literal translation into another language) and is an inheritance that is transmitted from generation to generation. For this very reason, it is extremely important to the Portuguese and obviously wins over international visitors. Fado is usually performed by a vocalist, the fadista, accompanied by a Portuguese guitar and a classical guitar. Fado conquers so many people also due to the simplicity of its melodic structure and the appreciation of the voice in all the sung repertoires. Evocation and poetry, which call for communion between performer, musicians and listeners, with a great sentimental inclination, are other of its charms.

Its history dates back to the 19th century, in the city of Lisbon, with songs focused on social, daily and urban emergency issues. From then on it gained expression, also playing an important role in other artistic manifestations, such as popular festivals or performing arts, having been included in numerous Theatre Magazines.

With Amália Rodrigues, considered the queen of Fado, this musical style was catapulted internationally. The singer served as an inspiration to hundreds of other artists and was even invited to sing for monarchs and presidents around the world. Amália's songs are also linked to Portuguese history, especially during the dictatorship, when they served as expiation for the needs that the Portuguese people were going through.

This connection with the diva, originally from the capital, explains the influence of Fado in the city of Lisbon. In fact, it is common, especially in the Alfama and Mouraria neighbourhoods, for the existence of several fado houses, where you can listen to various live performances by new fado talents. Also in the capital is the Fado Museum, which tells its entire history and many other details of this symbol of Portuguese culture.


If there weren't so many good reasons to visit Lisbon, Fado is just one more excuse to spend a few days in the Portuguese capital and discover new Portuguese fado talents.

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