June 30, 2021 getLISBON

Today we’re going to explore the fado song Velha Tendinha that drops hints about the population of Lisbon and its experiences that are worth observing. After our article Tendinha Tavern, an Old Eatery in the Modern Lisbon, we had to take a closer look at this famous fado song of the 1930s that pays homage to this establishment that was already old at the time. The Fado Song Velha Tendinha in the Portuguese Vaudeville Play Zé dos Pacatos Apolo Theatre in Occidente March 1884; Verses of the Portuguese Vaudeville Zé dos Pacatos; Hermínia Silva in 1939 The fado song Velha…

June 2, 2021 getLISBON

In this article about the presence of fado in the urban art of Lisbon, we’re going to see pieces in which these two cultural phenomenons, deeply urban, joined forces. Fado is celebrated across the entire city that saw it born: at the museum dedicated to fado, in tributes, in casas de fado (restaurants with fado performances) of the typical neighbourhoods, in the voices of many fado singers that brought and bring this sonority to the world… And of course, it is also represented in the street art that has become one of the highlights of the capital several years ago….

October 28, 2020 getLISBON

Tracing Amália Rodrigues in Lisbon reveals to you marks of the Portuguese artist, perhaps the one with the most important legacy of the history of popular music in Portugal in the 20th century. Her artistic contribution was determinant for the development and internationalization of fado and she’s considered by many one of its best interpreters. As it should be, Amália Rodrigues (1920-1999) sang Lisbon. The city is a recurring topic in countless fados: Gaivota, Ai Lisboa, Lisboa à Noite, Lisboa Antiga, Ai Mouraria, Há Festa na Mouraria, Maria Lisboa, Madrugada de Alfama… But also in popular marches so famous that…

July 1, 2020 getLISBON

If you think the Fado Museum is an old space where only distant memories are kept, you’re very wrong! Accept our challenge to get to know a dynamic museum, where history is exalted and where every day the universe of Fado and the Portuguese guitar are experienced and celebrated.We suggest you (re)read our article Fado, a Sonority of Lisbon, where you can get a grasp of our idea about this anthem of the emotions of the Portuguese and the locals of Lisbon. Fado Museum The Museum provides audio guides to listen to fado of yesterday and today Open to the…

November 27, 2019 getLISBON

Fado and saudade are the two most difficult words to translate from Portuguese, if not impossible. But perhaps we can make it easier to understand if we say that fado is related with destiny and saudade with nostalgia and sadness caused by the absence of something in time or in space.These definitions of such complex feelings are the most common topics in fado, the music that is sung accompanied by a classical guitar and a Portuguese guitar and that in November 2011 was inscribed by UNESCO on the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.With an obscure origin, but surely…