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Amália Rodrigues

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Amália Rodrigues was a Portuguese fadista and actress. Known as the ‘Rainha do Fado’, Rodrigues was instrumental in popularising fado worldwide. Fado (“destiny or fate”) is a musical genre that can be traced to the 1820s in Lisbon, Portugal, but probably has much earlier origins. The songs follow a certain traditional structure and are characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics, often about the sea or the life of the poor. They are infused with a sentiment of resignation, fatefulness and melancholia. Will be going to Mesa de Frades in a few days to listen to fado inside a building that used to be a small chapel.

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