Leva-me aos fados (Universal Music Portugal/World Village, 2009)
Ana Moura is one of the great fado singers in the current Portuguese scene. On her fourth album, Leva-me aos fados, she shows her masterful technique using her rich, deep voice in an intimate environment. The musical arrangements are exquisite. Producer, arranger and musician Jorge Fernando has done a fabulous job by using traditional instruments such as Portuguese guitar, guitar and bass.
Fernando brought top virtuoso musicians to the studio to work with Ana Moura. Musicians include Custodio Castelo (Portuguese guitar), Jorge Fernando (guitar), Filipe Larsen (bass guitar), Yuri Daniel (double bass) and the fascinating Gaiteiros de Lisboa make a guest appearance on the unconventional ‘Nao é um fado normal.’
The album, released in in Portugal in October of 2009, came out in north America this year. In Portugal it reached Platinum status and is still climbing, proving that Ana Moura has that fado magic that the knowledgeable Portuguese fans appreciate well.
Leva-me aos fados is a beautiful and graceful album by one of the leading voices in fado.
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Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.