Fado is Now Famous, Officially

Over the weekend the Portuguese traditional music called Fado made the official UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Today the net is alive with postings of everyone’s favorite Fado video.

Fado, a song derived from the longing that piles up when sailors are a long way from home plying the seas for new lands. It was poor people’s music, with a type of controlled emotion you don’t get from rich people’s whining.

The UNESCO video gives you a wonderful look at the history of the genre.

The video mentions the Fado Museum in Lisbon, which I really enjoyed. See more on the Fado Museum including a map.

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