Fado is traditional folk music popular in the Lisbon area of Portugal. Melancholy by nature, the music includes instruments like guitars and mandolins with one Fadista singing poetic lyrics related to darker elements of love, death and sadness. The music may, however, occasionally include some humor. If your late season travel includes Portugal, be sure sure your experience includes Fado.New to Fado? Here are five facts about Portugal's beloved cultural music:
- Fado's roots can be traced back to the early 1800's and originated in Portugal, but only appeared in Lisbon after 1830.
- The word Fado comes from the Latin word fatum, from which the English word fate also comes from.
- Fado was added to UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage on November 27, 2011.
- There are two types of Fado, one found in Lisbon, one in Coimbra. The style heard in Lisbon is the most popular, while in Coimbra, it is a more classic style.
- If you're in Coimbra and enjoying a Fado performance, cough as though you are clearing your throat. But if you're in Lisbon, clap your hands.
Clube do Fado in Alfama, undeniably offering the best live performances of Fado in Portugal
The Fado Museum, where you can research the origins of this music genre in the museum's documentation centre.
Sr. Fado de Alfama, located in Alfama, is owned by Fado singer Ana Marina and fado violinist Duarte Santos. Home-cooked meals and local wine star alongside Fado performances by Sr. Fado's owners!
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