The New Fadistas

Ana Moura - Guarda-Me a Vida Na Mao
Ana Moura – Guarda-Me a Vida Na Mao


Ana Moura – Guarda-Me a Vida Na Mao (Universal Music Portugal, 2003/World Village, 2004)

Fado music has been experiencing a renaissance in recent years. A growing list of innovators and traditionalists have revitalized the popular genre in Portugal. Judging from the most recent releases, the new generation of fadistas is dominated by women: Mariza, Mizia, Ana Moura, Katia Guerreiro and Cristina Branco. Nevertheless, a handful of men, like Pedro Moutinho, have generated a lot of interest.

Ana Moura met guitarist Jorge Fernando at a fado house. Eventually he became the producer of her album. The passionate singer is a perfect match for Jorge Fernando on Guarda-Me a Vida Na Mao. He leaves his imprint throughout the album, writing some of the lyrics and using arrangements that break away from the traditional. Fernando combines Portuguese and Spanish guitar.


Pedro Moutinho - Primeiro Fado (l’empreinte  digitale ED13203, 2004)
Pedro Moutinho – Primeiro Fado (l’empreinte digitale ED13203, 2004)


Primeiro Fado is the debut album of traditional fado singer Pedro Moutinho. His accompaniment includes Portuguese guitar, guitar and bass. Moutinho, in his mid-twenties, is regarded as one of the most promising names of the new generation. A native of Oeiras, a suburb of Lisbon, he was born in a well known family of fadistas. His two brothers are international renowned Camané and Helder Moutinho. With his warm and suggestive voice Mountinho performs mainly traditional fados, although on Primeiro Fado he also ventures into Portuguese folk and Brazilian music.

Cristina Branco – Post-Scriptum (l’empreinte digitale ED13131, 2000)


Cristina Branco -  Post-Scriptum
Cristina Branco – Post-Scriptum

Cristina Branco is the better known of the three. Unlike other young fadistas, she comes from the world of pop and jazz. These contemporary influences are evident in her bluesy performance on Post-Scriptum.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites and 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.