Cristina Branco: vocals
Custodio Castelo, Jorge Fernando, Carlos Manuel Proenca, Alexandre Silva: guitar
Marino De Freitas: bass
Fado is one of the world's oldest styles of urban song. It was born in the side-streets and alleys of typical old Lisbon neighbourhoods, such as Mouraria and Alfama. As Lisbon is a port city, fado bears the influence of music that arrived over the sea from former Portuguese colonies, including those in Africa and Brazil. It was out of this mix that fado emerged, and later spread throughout the country. In 2011 fado was awarded a place on UNESCO's prestigious 'Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity'.
This album features the cream of modern fado. Darling of the world music scene, Mariza is heard in traditional fado mode on track 'Que Deus Me Perdone', complete with accented guitar accompaniment and her perfectly forthright, yet melancholic vocals. Another young glamorous fadista Carminho treats us to a magnificent interpretation of the very famous song 'Escrevi Teu Nome No Vento'. Ana Moura's dreamily enthralling voice sli....... more