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Fado, The Portuguese Blues

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Friday, September 5, 2014, In : way of life 
Anybody who visited Portugal before will certainly know it - the melodramatic sound of a Fado song.


Fado (fate) is a musical style that developed originally in Lissabon around 1800. A singer
(fadista) is usually accompanied by a Portuguese gitar and the subject of the song is often grief, sadness, poverty and loneliness.  In 2011 Fado was added to the Intangible Cultural Heritage List by UNESCO. 

Word goes that the origin of Fado even goes back to the 15th century,...

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Marianne Hoesen Born in the deep south of The Netherlands, I moved to the central Algarve in 2007, together with my partner and 2 dogs. In the meantime we added some goats and chickens and are living a peaceful life in the rolling hills of the rural south of Portugal. I invite you to read a bit in my blog and to leave a comment afterwards. Also check out the holiday accommodations mentioned elsewhere in this website.


Algarve Portugal
café Portugal, bica
Esteva, rock rose, Algarve
sun, beach, Algarve
real cork real wine
beach Algarve
folklore dance Algarve
chicken piri piri

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