Fado Bicha: The Portuguese duo bringing fado music out of the closet

Fado Bicha: The Portuguese duo bringing fado music out of the closet

Issued on: 05/09/2022 – 16:27 This yr, France is celebrating Portuguese tradition. Fado music is commonly upheld because the essence of Lisbon, a mainstay in a quickly altering capital metropolis. On this particular present from Portugal, Eve Jackson meets the duo reinventing the music that embodies the nation’s soul. Fado Bicha are Portugal’s queer anti-racist feminist musicians and

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This yr, France is celebrating Portuguese tradition. Fado music is commonly upheld because the essence of Lisbon, a mainstay in a quickly altering capital metropolis. On this particular present from Portugal, Eve Jackson meets the duo reinventing the music that embodies the nation’s soul. Fado Bicha are Portugal’s queer anti-racist feminist musicians and so they’re difficult the standard, conservative, ritualistic fado.

We additionally go to Lisbon’s well-known fado homes within the Alfama neighbourhood, one of many many attracts for town’s annual 4.5 million guests.  

Born in and across the brothels, alleyways and tascas of town’s poorest neighbourhoods within the nineteenth century, fado later turned related to the fascist regime that dominated Portugal for almost half a century. We discover its sophisticated historical past at Lisbon’s Fado Museum and we focus on the large affect of Amália Rodrigues, the “Queen of Fado”, who first pushed the style’s boundaries, serving to to develop and outline it into what it’s right this moment. 

We additionally take a look at fado’s affect on different music stars like pop sensation Bárbara Bandeira, who lately recorded “Onde Vais” with the nation’s prime Fadista, Carminho.

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