Fado with Carminho

The painfully beautiful world of fado

Carminho (photo: Mariana Maltoni)

What tango is to Argentina, fado is to Portugal: world-weariness and national identity in music. Originating in the poor districts of Lisbon, the melancholic, atmospherically intense songs of fado are about unfulfilled longing, lost love and social injustice. Carminho, who comes from a family of fado performers, gives the nostalgic genre a modern, contemporary guise with her smoky voice and expressive performance style: “I want to make music of today. I want to express what fado says to me today.”

Carminho fado singer

André Dias portuguese guitar

Flávio Cardoso acoustic guitar

Tiago Maia acoustic bass

Pedro Geraldes lap steel guitar and electric guitar

Fado with Carminho

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