Noun Fado Definition and Examples







A type of popular Portuguese song, usually with a melancholy theme and accompanied by mandolins or guitars.
  1. 'A third of the melodies on Nas Mãos do Fado are drawn from the body of over 200 traditional fados which artists such as Katia regularly update by combining them with the words of Portuguese poets.'
  2. 'On this CD, Lafertin may lead a Grappelli-Reinhardt style band, but the music ranges from Brazilian sambas to Portuguese fados.'
  3. 'Stand outside one for long enough, and you'll hear the proprietor break into a fado, the equivalent of an Irish folk song.'
  4. 'As they quickly let you know, they eat bread, not chapattis; drink in tavernas, not tea shops; many of them were Roman Catholic, not Hindu; and their musicians played guitars and sang fados.'
  5. '‘I also like Afro-Cuban rhythms, and I just discovered the Portuguese fado,’ she said.'
  6. 'Although Transparente was recorded in Brazil, its 14 gem-like songs remain true to the deepest traditions of fado, the breathtakingly lyrical and melancholic music of Portugal.'
  7. 'The Casa da Musica will be opened in the coming week with jazz and fado, Brendel and Lou Reed.'
  8. 'Her mother cooked in a restaurant in Alfama where fado was sung and like many other fado-singers she grew up with it.'
  9. 'I'm going to come and sing/wail some fado into each and every house member's ear until they like it, or say that they understand why the Portuguese love it so.'
  10. 'Although best known for fado, Amalia liked to experiment with other kinds of music, including jazz and salsa, and continued performing after her 70th birthday.'
  11. 'Exploring fado, the Portuguese folk-music style that has won her fans worldwide, the singer gives over an hour and half to her appreciative audience on this exotic and highly enjoyable release.'
  12. 'She sings fado classics, original tunes, and experiments with flamenco influences, blending it all in a fresh approach that pushes fado further, without breaking its conventions.'
  13. 'Scolari, though, is determined to delay for as long as possible the fado, a blues lament that wafts out from the bars and restaurants of old Lisbon.'
  14. 'Nelly Furtado's second album employs a variety of styles, including hip-hop, fado, pop, R&B, dance and Latin music.'


1. a Portuguese folk song typically of doleful or fatalistic character and usually accompanied on the guitar.

2. a dance to the music of such a song.

Portuguese, literally ‘fate’.

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