Fado

Fado music is a form of Portuguese singing that is often associated with pubs, cafés, and restaurants.

This music genre officially originated in Portugal around the 1820s, though it is thought to have much earlier origins. Fado is known for how expressive and profoundly melancholic it is.


In fado music, the musician will sing about the hard realities of daily life, balancing both resignation and hopefulness that a resolution to its torments can still occur. It can be described by using the Portuguese word “saudade,” which means “longing” and stands for a feeling of loss.


This loss is generally permanent and of long-term consequence. Fado music often has one or two 12 string guitars, one or two violas, and sometimes a small 8 string bass.


Rivalry between Coimbra and Lisbon goes beyond the halls of their Law faculties.

Lisbon fado is the more well-known of the two styles. This style has roots in social contexts that are set in marginality and transgression.


It was frequently found in locations of sailors and prostitutes. In the early 1900s, it found a popular following that would continue today.


It came across some difficult times in 1926, when censorship caused major changes to urban entertainment and placing hefty requirements on any shows and venues.


Thanks to the popularity of the radio, fado found its place in homes across Portugal. In the 1990s, it soon found its place in the World Music circuits.


Coimbra Coimbra fado has ties to the academic traditions of the University of Coimbra. The singers and other musicians will wear the tradition academic wardrobe that consists of dark robes, capes, and leggings.


They will sing at night time on the streets or in the city square.