The Journey of Fado | Sonia Shirsat with Fernanda Maciel – Feb 8th, 7.30 pm, 2021

The Journey of Fado

Fado is the traditional folk music from Portugal, usually characterised by mournful tunes and lyrics, often about the sea or the life of the poor, and infused with a sentiment of resignation, fatefulness and melancholia. The Portuguese Guitar (an ethnic instrument which resembles more the mandolin than the contemporary guitar) is the main accompanying instrument for this song.

Fernanda Maciel, is one of the very first women to play the Portuguese guitar professionally. This pioneer, originally from Brazil, moved to Portugal for the instrument, to study and play.

Fernanda will be in conversation with Sonia Shirsat, the Queen of Goan Fado, from Ponda and the ambassador of Goan music to the world.

They will introduce us to this special genre of music (described by UNESCO as an “Intangible Cultural Heritage”), speak about their experiences as professionals in the same field, and working across continents.

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