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Streetswings Dance History Archives: The Fado
Portuguese Fado singer
The Fado Dance History Origin Title

         African and South American strands of music and dance made its way into Brazil, with the Fado being no exception, especially Portugal the distinctive music of fado can be heard in Lisbon and Coimbra even today. The Fado ORIGINALLY known as the Brazilian Fado was a mixture of dances and song from Brazil in the late 1700's from a mixture of dances, namely the Spanish Fandango, Lundu (Baia) and the Fofa when this new music reached Portugal these dances and song came to a head with the Black sailors and formed the Fado. There were many

different variations of the Brazilian Fado including the Portuguese Fado which is pretty much the main version of today, the Lulu Fado and Lundu.

   The singer of the Fado originally performed sitting down, but today stands. The fado music is said to be liked by a few and detested by many, but once listened too, a certain kind of appreciation appears to the ear. The word Fado means "Fate or Destiny" with the first gramaphone recording being in 1902 and has been traced al the way back to the 1700's. The music is melencholy, emotion, dramatic and full of longing. A smooth sadness to the feel but can also have a rejoicingly feel as well. In Lisbon its lament is the sound of the city.

   Salazar actually made the dance become much more public during his dictatorship through his demands that it only be performed in Vaudeville houses called revistas. The steps of the Fado are said to be a hop, a skip and a kick in 2/4 time with the soul of the dance being of despair (Coimbra - trovas being opposite), arms are usually out-stretched like a bird if solo or at times if coupled.

   The Fado and its variations (Lulu Fado, Fado Foxtrot etc) again became popular in the early 1900's along with all the Ragtime and early Jazz dances. The music is kinda bluesy with a sad feel or the Portuguese Fado (said to be from Lisbon) versions with an even more mournful strain to it. The clip above is demonstrating the Lulu Fado of 1914.

 

Birth Place

Creation Date

Creator

Dance Type

Brazil/ Portugal 1700s Black Sailors Urban / Folk / and Ragtime
       
 

Posters, Lobby Cards etc.

Sheet Music Covers

Video Clips (pop-up)

Music Titles

n/a 1915 - LuLu Fado (Mouvet)
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Estranha forma de vida - Amália Rodrigues
      1915 - LuLu Fada (Deck/Dell)
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Coimbra - Amália Rodrigues
       
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Fado - Cristina Branco
       
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Fado Bailado - Rao Kiao
        sorry Fado video music clip not available at this time Fado Blanquita (Portuguese)
        sorry Fado video music clip not available at this time Fado das Ccaldas
       
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Fado Ladino - Rosa Negroe
       
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Fado Portugues - Amália Rodrigues
        sorry Fado video music clip not available at this time Le Vrai Fado Portugaise: Lulu Fado [MP3]
        sorry Fado video music clip not available at this time Best Of Fado Portuguese: Rodrigues (CD)
        sorry Fado video music clip not available at this time Fado Curvo: Mariza (CD)
        sorry Fado video music clip not available at this time Fado Em Mim: Mariza (CD)
        sorry Fado video music clip not available at this time History of Fado (CD) Rodrigues
        sorry Fado video music clip not available at this time Portugal: The Story of Fado (CD)
 

Night Clubs

Theaters

Locations

n/a n/a Brazil
    Coimbra (trovas)
    Lisboa (Lisbon)
            Portugal
            Spain
            USA
 
Video Clips (pop-up)

Films / Musicand or Dance

Television

Ballets / Stage

Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1923 - O Fado 1972 - Fado de la liberté, Le n/a
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1947 - Fado do Emigrante        
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1948 - Fado, História d'uma Cantadeira        
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1953 - O Mar e o Fado        
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1957 - Fado Lisboeta      

Publications

Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1962 - Um Fado e Três Canções       n/a
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1960's - fado história documental        
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1964 - Fado Corrido            
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1994 - Fado Lusitano            
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1994 - Fado majeur et mineur            
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2007 - Fados (by Carlos Saura)            
 

Other Related Dances of the time...

Aeroplane Waltz Lambeth Walk Maxixe Skirt Dance
Ballin' The Jack Lame Duck One Step Spanish Dance
Castle Walk LuLu Fado Portuguese Fado Syncopated Canter
Eagle Rock Lundu Salome dance Tango
Fado Foxtrot One Step Salome dance Two-Step
Fandango Portuguese Fado Samba  
Flamenco Maurice Tango    
 

Dancers, Choreographers etc.

Political

Arna Deck & Leon Van Dell Vernon and Irene Castle Salazar
Maurice Mouvet    
     
 

Books, Magazine Articles on the dance...

Title

Author

Date

Publisher

A History of the Portuguese Fado
Paul Vernon
1999 Ashgate Publishing
Brazil Fado Megan 1979 Omaha Magic Theatre
Fado, dança do Brasil, cantar de Lisboa: o fim de um mito
José Ramos Tinhorão n/a Editorial Caminho
     
 

Musicians

Bands

Singers

Poets / Writers

Acuna, Manuel S. n/a Amalia Rodrigues n/a
             
               
 

Misc. Research Words that may be related ... to help your searches

fadistas Trás-os-Montes Revistas dance of the sea
saudades moreno Lisbon street music Dança dos Homens (dancing men)
 

Other...

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