Friday Lens Affair #83

AMALIA_Fado Voice

Today I’m featuring photograph of the street art portrait of Amalia Rodrigues, star of Fado!

Taken in Portugal by Zara Quiroga from Backpack ME Blog. Zara is running this blog with her partner Ashray and you can follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

Picture Story: AMALIA, the voice of Fado 

Meet Amalia Rodrigues. Also known simply by “Amalia” amongst Portuguese people.

Often referred to as the voice of a nation, she is one of the most famous performers of Portugal’s unique music genre: fado.

Literally translating into “fate”, fado is a type of music that carries a message of longing and nostalgia, notable both in its lyrics and sounds.

When you travel to Lisbon, make sure you include fado in your plans: spending an evening in a fado house where live performances take place could easily be one of the highlights of your trip to Portugal’s capital city.

If nothing else, it’s something really particular that you won’t get to experience anywhere else in the world.

You might not understand the lyrics that fadistas sing pouring their hearts out, but I am sure the feeling of the songs will touch you just right.

This is a graffiti depicting Amalia found in Lisbon’s downtown area. Here, and precisely in the historical neighbourhood of Alfama, is where fado was born back in the 1800s.

As an outlet for Portuguese sailors who found new ways of life out at sea, and especially for those lovers who were left behind. Fado was their way of mourning their long-lost love and expressing that feeling of yearning – what in Portuguese we call “saudade”.

Nowadays, many performers have mixed traditional fado with more contemporary sounds and even themes. But the feeling behind it is still the same: reminiscing about the past, glorifying fond memories from previous times.

When in Portugal embrace your fate, and don’t forget to listen to Fado! This is one of the things you could do on your romantic honeymoon in Portugal.

32 thoughts on “Friday Lens Affair #83

  1. Always love seeing some good quality street art and this is certainly unique. I have never heard of Fado before but thanks for sharing this information on this, as others have said this just adds to the many reasons why visiting Lisbon and Portugal in general is climbing to the top of our bucket list!
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  2. Wow very interesting! I’ve never heard of fado before but with my up and coming sailing trip, I feel it’s something I need to look into. Lovely picture, thanks for sharing Zara! :-)
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    • You should indeed look it up Ron and surly try to find some time to visit Portugal before or after your sailing trip. By the way where are you going sailing?
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  3. Alli

    I love such unique pieces of art like this ingrained within the city walls. Kensington in Toronto has so much street art as well and I love finding new and undiscovered artwork like this!
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    • I do remember seeing a lot of street art in Toronto but not sure it was a Kensington District, too long time ago ha ha ha
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  4. Interesting shot, I love how street art is becoming the new trend these days! I wonder if tomorrow’s museums are going to filled with walls!
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  5. Jenna

    Great photo! I love street art. I’m always searching for it everywhere we go. It’s interesting to hear the story behind the art as well!

    • Yes it is great to learn the story especially behind such important pieces of street art :)
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  6. Jessi

    Great post, I love finding out the story behind pieces of art! I am sorry to say that when I visited Lisbon we didn’t hear fado – guess I will just have to go back :)
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  7. Claudia

    Yet one more reason to visit Portugal!

  8. Charli

    Wow I’ve never heard of Fado but it sounds intriguing. I always listen to the lyrics of songs so it will be interesting to see how they differ from the music I listen to. Love the vibrant photo!
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  9. Hannah

    Fun post! I love street art and like to find it wherever I go. I saw some really interesting stuff in Rekyavik, Iceland a couple years ago and remember thinking it was a weird place to find so much…but I’m definitely a fan :)

  10. Kelleyn

    I am going to have to go to Youtube to look this person up!

  11. Meg

    Really cool Marysia. I love how you give us the stories behind each picture as not a lot of photos are posted with descriptions anymore. I’ve started to really appreciate street art and since traveling through South America have developed a bit of an addiction to it! Looks like Europe has some fasntastic additions as well!

    • Oh Meg I’m totally addicted to street art, and in Europe places like Berlin, Paris, Lisbon are just filled with it. Tel Aviv where I kind of live is just perfect place for street art junkie like me! But I remember when I was in Rio! My God, I couldn’t walk one street without taking my camera off, not mentioning Valparaiso in Chile! Oh I could go on like that forever :) ha ha ha
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  12. Great pic! I love fado and Portugal, but I haven’t been to a concert yet. This post made me remember that another Portugal trip is long overdue!
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    • I have the same feeling! I was suppose to be in Portugal now, but due to spending too much time in France I will not have enough time before flying to Greece.
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  13. Nancy

    Thanks for posting nice pictures every week!
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    • I try my best Nancy, and actually it is a big pleasure to discover all those great photographies.

  14. Oh I love street art! And this one with her face as well is just awe-inspiring! And this is the first time I hear about Fado – it reminds me ever so slightly of some nostalgic songs I heard in Chile!
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    • Yes, I’m a big fan of street art as well :) And Fado is great, not sure I remember any nostalgic songs from Chile but it might be a bit similar indeed.
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  15. Jay

    I would love to be able to visit Portugal, not sure we can make it anytime soon. Thanks for sharing this great post.

  16. Thanks for featuring our photo!
    We hope to inspire many of your readers to travel to Lisbon (and the whole of Portugal) sometime soon.
    I’m pretty sure they’d enjoy it! :)
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