The Fado

Folk Portuguese Music


Fado Em Si is home to tradition. Decorative traditions, the hand painted earthenware dish, leather nailed chairs and Minho embroidery. Also the tradition of welcoming, that is a characteristic of Portuguese people, and last but not least, the traditional cuisine. And being Fado Em Si a restaurant with live entertainment, it presents the singing and dancing traditions of our people throughout the centuries.

Through the fado presentations, the popular song that best depicts the Portuguese soul, and today part of UNESCO classification as cultural heritage of mankind, you may appreciate the diversity of this song.

Fado has moments of deep melancholia, in which the feelings are expressed in the voice, and one easily falls into sadness. But it also has great moments of joy, mainly in songs that praise the city of Lisbon, or its neighborhoods, or happy love affairs. Fado is like life, it swings back and forth from joy to sorrow

Maybe its origin may explain the sadness: some authors say that it came about with the discovery of distant lands, when sailors sang paced by the swinging and cadenced rhythm of the waves, the bitterness of the absence of family and homeland, other authors say its origin is prior the epic discoveries, going back to the singing of captive Moors during the Christian recovery of territory, and yet others say its origin can be rooted in the slaves songs, shipped to Brasil in the 16th and 17th centuries, and brought back to Portugal by the Portuguese Royalty, upon their return when the Napoleonic invasions were over. Whatever the origin, one would sing fado (word comes from the Latin Fatum – fate), the sorrowv of life itself.

In a city where neighbourhoods were true communities, as if Lisbon were a cluster of several villages, fado that praised these neighbourhoods emerged. These traditional folk songs are cheerful, and show the love each inhabitant has for its neighbourhoods. In the first half of the 20th century, the competition between the typical neighbourhoods is settled, by organizing folk parades, with each neighbourhood presenting a new fado dedicated to that neighbourhood, whilst parading in the streets of the Town Centre. These festivals are still done to this day, being its highlight the Santo António celebrations, a Lisbon saint, born in
Alfama, and venerated enthusiastically by the people.

Also in the beginning of the 20th century, possibly before, people began to enjoy Sunday leisure gatherings, strolls and outdoor meals, where fado was sung. From these early days from the pubs, where people used to sing, to restaurants presenting fado in a rather unprofessional way, to the fado houses, places where guests mingled with acknowledged fado singers during meals, things naturally evolved.

Fado also crossed Lisbon borders, expanding and becoming popular in other regions throughout the country, mainly in Porto, Ribatejo and Alentejo. As a song connected to the day-by-day life of the performer, fado acquires special features in Ribatejo, with lyrics very much linked with the life and culture of the region, like the bond between man and horse, his true ally in the toil of large herds of wild bulls, or in confrontation between man with the wild beast

André Vaz

From an early age he showed a great vocal quality and passion for Fado. He won the “Great Night of Fado” in 1993, in the youth category, having produced several recordings ever since. He has interrupted his career for professional reasons, but returns better than ever in his traditional style.

Cláudia Duarte

It belongs to the new generation of Fado, revealing in its voice a new identity, which translates into unique approaches to traditional Fado. It has a record work and numerous participations in several musical projects. “Cláudia Duarte is a soul, she is a fado, and the fado to be transmitted with truth, needs a life that carries it”, Nuno Miguel Guedes.

Joana Melo

With a musical background, since childhood, Joana Melo appears after a successful presence in “Operation Triumph”, projecting the fado in an imminently pop contest. Since then, the musical successes have been added, in their presence on stage and in the edited works.

Jorge Batista da Silva

It is a fadista where the classical musical formation is recognized. He has several recordings and his shows are frequented by unconditional fans, who accompany him, even when traveling outside Portugal.

Luísa Rocha

It is not limited to singing well, it internalizes what it sings, from there we understand the melodies and we understand the words. His soul breathes music, adding what other professionals of the British broadcaster emphasize the “beautiful voice, with grain, and the ability to communicate the essence of the words through the passion with which it is given in the interpretation of the melody, allowing to intuitively understand what is listening; listening to it is a real gift, “Michel Rossi, producer of BBA Radio3.

Maria do Carmo Themudo

She is passionate about Fado, feeding her passion to sing, for many years.
His enormous professionalism and dedication are reflected in the careful selection of repertoire and the soul that he places in his interpretations.

Maria Mendes

She began her career in France with a commercial record, but her success brought her to Portuguese roots and fado, winning a gold record in one of her recordings.

Sara Correia

The victory of the Great Night of Fado in 2007, marked the beginning of a career that, despite its age, already has presence in big stages in the Netherlands, Spain, Belgium and many Portuguese cities.

Teresa Tapadas

For many years, she has been part of Fado’s national scene, having been recognized for her unique talent. It counts on several recordings and numerous participations in projects. The eyes of Teresa Tapadas are more than mirrors of the soul. They are reflection of the voice. Eyes clear, crystalline, magnetic, full of light as when he sings the Fado that goes to his soul.