It's been a while since I had any Fado on here. But seek it out and you will find plenty of Fado on here.
But reading the paper this morning I saw a piece in the arts section about Deolinda who are appearing at the Bankhead Theatre in Livermore on Saturday at 8pm (09-25-2010). I was curious to hear what they sounded like. And I am so glad I searched. Ana Bacalhau has the voice of an angel. Totally, totally what Fado should sound like. Just beautiful.
Um Contra O Outro
Debut the first single from the new album "One Two Seals and Seal."
Estreia do primeiro single do novo disco "Dois Selos e Um Carimbo".
This one is a couple of years old from an earlier release.
This beautiful tune comes with an explanation regarding Deolinda.
Deolinda is a project from Lisbon (Portugal) inspired by fado and its traditional roots in order to create original songs based on portuguese traditional and popular music.
It came to life in 2006, by the hands of 4 young musicians with diverse musical backgrounds and experiences (such as classical music, jazz, ethnical and traditional music), searching to recreate a sound rooted in popular music through the crossing of different musical languages and musical research serving as a base for the groups original compositions. Their first album - Canção Ao Lado was released in 2008.
Her name is Deolinda and she is old enough to realize that life isnt as easy as it seems. Merrily unmarried, in love and out of love, born in Lisbon, she inhabits a ground floor apartment somewhere in the suburbs of the capital. She writes her own songs by peeking through the curtains of her window, drawing inspiration from the old gramophone records that once belonged to her grandmother and by the bizarre and strange life of her neighbours. She lives with 2 cats and a gold fish. [Source]
Finally today something kind of upbeat for Fado.
Movimento Perpétuo Associativo
Deolinda (Portuguese pronunciation: [diuˈlĩdɐ]) is a Portuguese quartet band founded in 2006 when the brothers Pedro da Silva Martins and Luis Jose Martins (formerly of the band 7-Headed Beast) invited their cousin, Ana Bacalhau, who was then singing with the band Lupanar, to sing four songs they had written. When they realized that her voice perfectly fit the lyrics and melodies they had created, they also invited Jose Pedro Leitao, the bass player with Lupanar and currently Ana Bacalhau's husband, to join them -- creating Deolinda.
The band's style can be described as inspired by fado, however it differs substantially from that traditional Portuguese music genre. For instance, Deolinda does not use Portuguese guitar as fado would dictate. Also, their songs and lyrics are not serious and fatalistic like classic fados: instead, they largely use humor, irony (often against fado itself) and a fast, happy pace. [Wikipedia]