Artist Profiles: Armenio de Melo

Armenio de Melo

Armenio de Melo was born in Santa Maria de Lamas, Portugal in 1953. He is considered one of the best guitar players of fado, recognized after entering projects for Martinho d’Assumpcao, an important composer and musician during the golden era of the Lisbon song.

De Melo was a resident guitar player for some of the most emblematic fado houses of Lisbon and played regularly for the most important fado singers (Carlos do Carmo, among others) in the Portuguese circuit.

He played in the music-hall Amalia where he was also the music director. Cordatum one of his projects, is centered on compositions by classical Portuguese composers.


A Spirit of Fado, Vol. 5: Instrumental Fado (Playasound, 1992)
Fado instrumental (Air Mail Music, 2009)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for TelevisiĆ³n EspaƱola (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 albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.


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