Monday, February 27, 2012

Fado


Fado (destiny, fate) is a music genre which can be traced to the 1820s in Portugal. It's form of music is characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics, often about the sea or the life of the poor. The music is usually linked to the Portuguese word saudade which symbolizes the feeling of loss (a permanent, irreparable loss and its consequent life lasting damage). On November 27, 2011, Fado was inscribed in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists. (source: Wikipedia)
If you are not familiared with this kind of music, check this video of Mariza, maybe the greatest voice of the 'modern' Fado.


Mouraria, Lisbon
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This post is linked to Monday Mural

31 comments:

brattcat said...

great shots, jm.

Kate said...

It is a very busy mural and the red really makes it stand out!

Olivier said...

superbe cette fresque musicale, il ne lui manque que le son

Lúcia said...

Esse é um dos murais mais fantásticos que já vi, lindo!
Saudades de Lisboa. ;-)

Cezar and Léia said...

As suas fotos são sempre maravilhosas! Linda perspectiva no segundo clic.
*** Eu estou impressionada com a beleza dos detalhes daquela Igreja de Chiado que vc postou no facebook.
Lindissimas fotos!
Abraços
Léia

Sharon said...

What a colorful mural this is. I love the shot from the top looking down.

Sylvia K said...

I, too, love the last shot looking down the steps! Superb composition, JM! I also love the video, a lot of passion that you can see and feel both in the singer and one of the guitar players in the quartet as well as the audience. A great performance! Thank you for including it! Hope your week is off to a good start!

Sylvia

Steffe said...

A great mural. I will read up about this type of music.

biebkriebels said...

A funny place for the mural near the steps. Love the scene about the fado.

Louis la Vache said...

Very interesting, JM!
«Louis» enjoyed learning this!

NixBlog said...

Great shots, JM! We love Portuguese music and the Fado is a wonderful genre.

Lowell said...

Superb post in every way. Terrific photos and I've learned something new having no knowledge previously of Fado...thanks for the link, too. She is quite a singer and the music, so mournful, like an elegy! Great mural!

cieldequimper said...

I love fado... And these photos are magnificent!

RedPat said...

Love the mural and its location! I'm off to listen to the link.

VP said...

Great post, striking mural!

Andrew said...

A wonderful mural and many thanks for the link...

Halcyon said...

Thanks for showing the second shot. It's nice to see the wall in context. Guess I'm off to listen to some fado now. I'm very intrigued.

Shaun_ShutterBug said...

JM, you are the man. These shots are truly great and love the colour and perspective of them. really really great work.
Shaun

joo said...

I love Fado and I love this mural!

Carolina Tavares said...

Para mim o Fado representa, em certo sentido, Portugal. Fiquei feliz quando foi considerado Patrimônio da Humanidade.

Gosto destas ruas que dão em calçadas que ligam uma parte a outra da cidade. Bem coisa antiga.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Your second shot made me smile. The steep stairs, the antique tiles, the even more ancient cobblestones, and then a bright, modern mural about an old, traditional music form. So much to take in from this photo. I can't quite tell if the mural is celebrating or gently mocking the fado scene.

Thank you also for the video. I've heard "of" fado but had not heard it until now. So mournful even when you don't understand the words. I kept jumping from link to link to hear more Mariza. You also educated me on the UNESCO concept of intangible cultural heritage. Wow, this post is a veritable seminar. Thank you for participating in this week's Monday Mural.

Stickup Artist said...

I love these! All that black and white surrounding that lively and colorful mural. Couldn't be a more perfect setting. The viewpoint on the second one is like a cubist painting or an M.C. Escher. The artist integrated the mural into the environment beautifully. Absolutely abulous!! Now, I'll look into Fado...

La Mode Operandi said...

So much art and culture in on tiny corner! An explosion of individuality!

Bob Crowe said...

Both the close and long views are fascinating. Is this a place where the style arose or was performed? There is little opportunity to hear fado in the US, unfortunately.

Babzy said...

thanks for the beautiful music and great photo perspective ! :)

Virginia said...

The wall looks like a cartoon dropped down in the midst of this beautiful old place. I"m not entirely sold on this type of urban art, but it did make me smile, so I guess I"m on board!
V

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Wow JM, fantastic images, love the composition of both, so vibrant colourful. I really enjoyed the video, I love to learn something new everyday and I honestly hadn't heard of Fado before, Mariza is a master of the genre.

Joan Elizabeth said...

The second shot gives a wonderful perspective on the mural.

ladyfi said...

Fabulous shots!

Gunn said...

Very nice and interesting posting!

orvokki said...

I like this type of graffiti. It is in the right place. Thanks for showing.