Highlights from the Queen of Fado

Amalia Rodrigues - The Queen of Fado
Amália Rodrigues

The Queen of Fado – Amália Rodrigues (EUCD2337, 2011)

In Portugal, vocalist Amália Rodrigues is known as “A rainha do fado” – the queen of fado. She is one of the greatest Portuguese singers in recent times and a fado legend. The Queen of Fado – Amália Rodrigues is an excellent introduction to one of the great musical traditions of the world.

The pieces include performances in a trio format, accompanied by Domingos Camarinha’s Portuguese guitar and Santos Moreira on guitar; and songs in which she is accompanied by the Joa Nobre Orchestra.

The CD booklet includes a biography of Amália Rodrigues and an introduction to the main forms of fado, including Lisbon Fado and Fado de Coimbra. Liner notes appear in English, Spanish, German and French.

Amália Rodrigues is credited with popularizing fado in Portugal and abroad, bringing this passionate musical genre to a worldwide audience. The Queen of Fado – Amália Rodrigues shows you why her passionate voice has attracted so many followers.

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.

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