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Fado … Amor
Fado … Amor
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant, 23 Nov 2013
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11 duets with the best contemporary fado singers (fadistas). Excellent musicians make this one of the best Fado CDs. Carlos do Carmo now celebrating 50 years career in the Fado he is the greatest living interpreter of this unique urban blues of Lisbon. Long may he continue.

The Portuguese:A Modern History
The Portuguese:A Modern History
by Barry Hatton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, 21 Nov 2013
Interesting view of Portugal and the Portuguese. This book makes a good attempt to relate Portugal's history to contemporary life in Portugal. Modern day anecdotes don't quite help in understanding current thinking amongst Portuguese. Too much is made of regional differences, rivalries and jealousies when compared to say Spain, for example, Portugal is reasonably coherent in terms of culture. After all this is a small country with a common language for 1000 years. Fado, for example, was originally an urban blues originating in Lisbon. Today it is sung throughout the country in urban and rural environments with a growing number of fado venues in Porto and many well known singers from the rural Alentejo. Although Lisbon is still the centre for fado music, many contemporary singers (fadistas) originate outside the capital. Even in football you will find many Benfica supporters in Porto even though Porto is by far the most successful team of the last 2 decades.
Some factual errors and lack of understanding are surprising given that the author has lived in Portugal for many years, is married to a Portuguese and has children who considered themselves Portuguese. E.G. it is stated that the great literary figure of the first half of the 20th century Fernando Pessoa wrote under 3 pseudonyms, when in fact he wrote under at least 9 heteronyms and some say as many as 20. Pseudonyms are false names to hide the identity of an author. Heteronyms are written as if the author was another person. Fernando Pessoa invented very different personages and wrote as if he was that person. Most of the heteronyms were Portuguese but some were British and wrote in English. The authors comments about the architecture of the Cultural Centre in Belem completely misses the point of the polemic this building engendered in the Portuguese press. The architecture was designed to pay homage to the Moorish tradition in Portugal and was designed to be seen as an alternative to the ornate Manueline features of historic buildings nearby. It is a tremendous success in exposing a Moorish fortified complex with clean Portuguese stone and minimalist looking gardens integrated with the complex.
All in all however an interesting read which will enlighten British readers in the ways of a country which for many appears culturally inaccessible.
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Fado Resounding: Affective Politics and Urban Life
Fado Resounding: Affective Politics and Urban Life
by Lila Ellen Gray
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £57.18

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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 13 Nov 2013
Very much looking forward to this new book on the fado, especially since so little written in English on the subject. Even in Portuguese relatively little has been written for this topic of widespread popular culture. First the positive news: hats off to Lila Gray for embedding herself in Lisbon fado over so many years and even seeking lessons on how to sing this complex genre of music. Unfortunately with so much knowledge acquired very little understanding emerges. Further the complex and dense attempt to position this knowledge in a theoretical context makes it pretty inaccessible other than to those with post graduate qualifications in comparative music. Her choice of the Tasca do Jaime to illustrate Fado as popular culture does not work well. It is not typical and it is not placed in any wider fado context. There are also too many factual errors and errors of understanding, interpreting statements received with exactly the opposite sense of what is being said. A poor return for such hard work and effort.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent fadista, 18 Sep 2013
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Antonio Vasco Moraes CD is an excellent rendering of Fado, Portugal's unique popular music. he sings in a fado house in Lisbon O Guarda Mor on Wednesdays for anyone who visits Lisbon and wants to experience genuine Fado music

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