Fado is the traditional urban music of Lisbon.
Born in the XIX century, it is a spontaneous form of singing in open spaces, undertaken by normal people willing to communicate their daily life and experiences in an original way.
The evolution of Fado followed a well-defined path: included in the musical repertoire by Journal of Theatre in 1851, it was then produced from specialized companies starting from 1930 and, at the same time, the first communities of professional singers have begun to come up.
In the modern era, it has been officially recorded and transmitted by radio.
But, the experience of listening to Fado should be live!
In fact, it was born in streets and houses...and there you can still enjoy it.
Moreover, in the last decades, several places and bars have been recognized as spots where to listen to the authentic Fado.
First among them is Tasca do Chico: there are two locations, one in Bairro Alto and one in Alfama. Old and traditional bars, with a familiar atmosphere, offer you to ‘feel Portuguese’. There, you can eat typical food and listen Fado and other Portuguese music as well, surrounded by ancient objects and photos on the walls.
Starting from today, November 27th to 29th, also Time Out is promoting an event focused entirely on Fado in Mercado da Ribeira.
A Maior Casa de Fados do Mundo implies to enjoy three artists of Fado (Fonseca, Zambujo and Mariza), from 9.30 p.m. each evening: on Thursday and Friday the event will be free, while if you want to go on Saturday be sure to buy the ticket on time!
Listening to Fado can be really an interesting opportunity.
Fado has not only been declared part of the UNESCO heritage of humanity in 2011, but it is also one of the most involving experience that you can ever try in Portugal!