A type of folk music which most likely originated in the 1820's in Portugal, and characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics, often about the sea or the life of the poor.

Its roots may include the traditional music of Portuguese sailors, African slave rhythms, and Arabic influences. There may have been some influence from Brazilian traditions like Lundum and Modinha.

Amália Rodrigues (1920-1999) was probably the most important figure in the genre’s development - and was known as the "Queen of Fado". Mariza, Mísia and Ana Moura are perhaps the best known modern exponents.

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Alberto Mendes, Manuel Lemos, and Mr. Franks performing Portuguese songs and music from the Azores, 1939
A collection of recordings of Portuguese songs and music made in 1939 by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Richmond, California; includes descriptive notes and audio samples.
Chasing the Fado
An article by an enthusiast for "those Portuguese Blues"; includes discography and resource lists.
Coimbra Fado
Wikipedia article describes the style of Fado which developed in the university town of Coimbra.
Fado
From Wikipedia, the history of this Portuguse folk music characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics.
Fado - The People's Soul
The origins of Fado, with photographs, sound samples, and essays on the Portuguese guitar. [bilingual]
Fado Music
World Music Central - article describing the characteristics of Fado.

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