Artist Profiles: Jorge Fernando

Jorge Fernando

Jorge Fernando celebrated his 25 years in show business in May 2000 with a celebrity concert in Lisbon’s Tivoli theatre. He was 16 when he became a professional fado singer and guitarist. Jorge Fernando toured more than 5 years the world when Carlos Goncalves asked him to join the band of Amália Rodriguez.

His first solo success happened in 1983 when he performed at the RTP festival with the song “Brancas Para O Meu Amor” which earned him a record deal. In 1985 Fernando performed again at the RTP festival and the song “Umbada” became a number one hit for several months in the Portuguese hit parade.

These days Jorge Fernando is considered as one of the most important male fado singers and writer/composer in Portugal. He released several successful albums in Portugal in his long spanning career.

Discography:

Enamorado (EMI, 1986)
Coisas da Vida (EMI, 1988)
Boa Noite Solidão (Polygram, 1989)
À Tua Porta (Polygram, 1991)
Oxála (Polygram, 1993)
Terra d’Água (Movieplay, 1997)
Rumo ao Sul (Movieplay, 1999)
Inéditos ao Vivo No Tivoli (Popular/VC, 2000)
Velho Fado (World Connection, 2002)
Memória e Fado (Som Livre, 2005)
Vida (Farol, 2009)
Chamam-Lhe Fado (Farol, 2012)
De Mim Para Mim (Glam Music, 2018)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV 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 albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.

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