Friday, November 6, 2009

Amália

Amália Rodrigues (1920-1989), singer and actress, was the maximum exponent of Portugal's popular music, the Fado, and so, the greatest international portuguese celebrity and the most admired and loved star in the country. She also sang poems turned music of several portuguese poets and, in fact, Variety's magazine chose her in 1959 as one of the four best female singers in history.
On the 10th anniversary of her death, the 'Amália Exhibit' takes place at the CCB (Belém Cultural Center).

video

Estoril, 1966

21 comments:

Virginia said...

What a beautiful woman she was. I would love to see this exhibit. I'll go listen to her sing now.

BTW, have I raved enough about your header photo??WOWOWOWOW
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Dina said...

Lots of feeling and soul in her singing. Thanks for the video.

brattcat said...

She was a remarkable beauty and a soulful singer. It's no wonder she was so beloved.

Vogon Poet said...

I don't remember much her as actress, my fault, but who can forget her voice!

Paula said...

I've hear of Fado, thanks for sharing this sublime example. I'm sure she's missed by many.

Ken Mac said...

loving portraits

Jacob said...

Sad to say, I have not heard of this fine actress and singer. She had a powerful presence and voice as portrayed in the video. Many thanks, JM!

Jarart said...

What a total treat! Thanks so much for sharing that with all of us.

Kilauea Poetry said...

Passionate soul..a neat bit of nostalgia I imagine, though I was unfamiliar. I think it kind of spiced things up nicely! Thanks-

Bob Crowe said...

That top photo is gripping. It pulls me in and won't let go. I've heard a little fado but not much. I'd like to know more.

Leif Hagen said...

She seems like a great star! Fun to watch the short clip!

Small City Scenes said...

Excellent. I must know more. thanks for the info. MB

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

A voice full of emotion and depth.I can quite see why she is regarded as the greatest international portuguese celebrity.
Thanks for sharing this video, it was lovely listening to her.
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Babzy said...

I love the first shot ! Very nice tribute !!

Julie said...

Wonderful to be able to see her and hear her. She exudes passion and beauty. I hear Fado regularly on a classical afternoon radio station that I am devoted to and find it mesmerising, Jose. Amalia was only 69 when she died: so young. Such a loss.

ruma2008 said...

When she closes her eyes, I see it even more attractively.

Anzu said...

I enjoyed the performance of
the emotional singing voice
with the sorrow guitar.

Your shot of the header
is fabulous !

Marie-Noyale said...

OH how I wish I did not live that far!!
Thanks for the Video. I loved her voice.

Peter said...

I, as so many, loved Amalia; never saw her live, but have a number of records!

Cezar and Léia said...

Diva!!!
Maravilhosa!
Léia

exposemaximum said...

matchless beauty :)