Portuguese music though slightly overlooked compared to its European cousins yet symbolizes great European music culture. At the center of vivacious Portuguese music is ‘Fado’. Portugal has many folk traditions and styles but Fado is at the core of its musical diversity. Fado is typically Portuguese style of music which symbolizes feelings of melancholy, sadness, longing ness, sea, poor, loneliness and daily trials and tribulations of life. The depth of Fado can be gauged from the fact that it has been incorporated in every style of music like, electronic folk, contemporary pop, plain acoustic guitar accompaniment, complete symphony orchestra and many more.
Famous portugese singers and artists include; Amalia Rodrigues, Carlos Paredes, Maria Da Fe, Jose Afonso, Dulce Pontes, Realejo, Lenita Gentil and Grupo Cantadores Do Redondo.
Most regularly used instruments are bagpipes, bomba and caixa drums. All time favorites’ Portuguese songs are; Saudades De Coimbra – Jose Afonso, Verdes Sao Os Campos – Teresa Silva Carvalho, Despertar – Carlos Paredes, O Rapaz Do Casaquito – Terra A Terra, Fado Da Sina – Dulce Pontes, Contra-Danca I – Vai De Roda, Cancao Do Gaiteiro/Danca Do Gaiteiro/Marcha Dos Folioes/Murinheira – Realejo, Ai, Mouraria – Amalia Rodrigues, Decadas – V Imperio, Fado Em Cinco Estilos – Maria Teresa De Noronha, Sou Um Fado Desta Idade – Lenita Gentil, Barquinha Do Mar – Lendas & Mitos, Avenidas – Anabela, A Alma Do Ganhao – Manuel De Almeida, Quem O Fado Calunia – Maria Da Fe etc.
Directory of Portuguese Music, songs, mp3 downloads.
These are sites & cultural music resources which offer free Portuguese songs, new releases, free Portuguese mp3, movie songs, cultural folk songs, tribal music, Portuguese music downloads online, lyrics databases etc. Some of these listed music sites or companies may offer them free while some may charge a small fee to register to download their songs or mp3s. Feel free to suggest us good, clean song & music resources.
wedalert.com/songs/ethnic/portuguese.asp – Offers Wedding Songs, Ethnic, Portuguese music Cds.
spainforvisitors.com/sections/music.htm – Learn about Portugal musical culture.
portcult.com/ – Learn about Fado, the traditional song of Portugal.