sábado, 26 de junio de 2010

·"Raizes" - Amàlia Rodrigues

Amália da Piedade Rodrigues,(July 23, 1920 – October 6, 1999), also known as Amália Rodrigues was a Portuguese singer and actress. Despite official documents which give her date of birth as July 23, Rodrigues always said her birthday was July 1, 1920. She was born in Lisbon, in the rua Martim Vaz (Martim Vaz Street), neighborhood of Pena. Her father was a trumpet player and cobbler from Fundão who returned there when Amália was just over a year old, leaving her to live in Lisbon with her maternal grandmother in a deeply Catholic environment until she was 14, when her parents returned to the capital and she moved back in with them. She was known as the "Rainha do Fado" ("Queen of Fado") and was most influential in popularizing the fado worldwide. In fact, she was one of the most important figures in the genre’s development, and enjoyed a 40-year recording and stage career. Rodrigues' performances and choice of repertoire pushed fado’s boundaries and helped redefine it and reconfigure it for her and subsequent generations. In effect, Rodrigues wrote the rulebook on what fado could be and on how a female fadista — or fado singer — should perform it, to the extent that she remains an unsurpassable model and an unending source of repertoire for all those who came afterwards. Rodrigues enjoyed an extensive international career between the 1950s and the 1970s, although in an era where such efforts were not as easily quantified as today. Other well-known international fado artists such as Mafalda Arnauth, Madredeus, Dulce Pontes and Mariza have come close, however. Here is more evidence that fado is one of the great urban sounds, and Amalia herself, at her best, one of the finest singers this century has produced. No frills here, just enchantment backed by the equally classic duo of guitars, Portuguese (Jaime Santos) and six-stringed (Domingos Camarinha or Santos Moreira). Three cuts are in Spanish. The rest are pure Lisbon saudade.



01- O Namorico da Rita
02- As Rosas de Meu Caminho
03- Raizes
04- Cansaço
05- Antigamente
06- Grão de Arroz
07- Anjo Inutil
08- Marcha Do Centenario
09- Sem Razão
10- Trepa No Coquiero
11- Toiro! Eh! Toiro
12- Job
13- Faia
14- Fadista Louco
15- Lar Português
16- No Me Tires Indire
17- Por un Amor
18- Lerele

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