Monday, April 21, 2014

A Wonderful Fado Singer

With blog problems these past few days, I'm behind in my posting. Last Friday was a fabulous evening at Torre Vilariño (a later post and photos will come), and we spent both Saturday and Sunday in Monforte enjoying the Medieval Faire (again, a later post and pictures will come).

First, though, I have to share a concert we attended in Quiroga by a fabulous fadista (Fado singer)— María do Ceo. She's very popular here and famous worldwide.

I first heard María do Ceo sing last June when she gave a concert at Rectoral de Castillon. At that time, I bought the CD shown to your left, and I blogged about it HERE.  It was an unforgettable evening, and my first exposure to Fado. (That was when Rajan and I we were taking turns with trips while the other nursed our ailing dog during his last days.) When I returned home and played the CD for Rajan, he loved Fado. Attending one of her concerts became a priority for this trip.

We went with friends Craig and Melanie, who hadn't heard Fado before, and they became converts, too. At the end of the concert, we gathered with others to get María do Ceo's autograph. She is a remarkable performer, and very down-to-earth and unpretentious after performances. Everyone was having their picture taken with her, and she welcomed us to have our picture with her too. What a treat!
After a long concert, she
still had buoyant energy
as she signed autographs.

She took time to converse
with people who lingered.
A truly gracious person.

She remembered my name (from FB
and the early blogpost.) A very
modest celebrity who makes you
feel welcome and at home.

I enjoyed introducing her and Rajan.

She was kept pretty
busy with autographs.
You can go to her website and see her CD's HERE.

We bought a new CD that we enjoy as much as the first one, and now I wish I had bought more. Each one is unique. The one we bought isn't shown in the Discography section on her website above. But there are many performances by her on YouTube at this site, so you can get a feel for her singing.

Fado, as I mentioned in my earlier post, is a distinctive art form of Portugal, similar in one sense to American Blues, in that it is emotional and comes from deep in the heart and soul. But Fado has a variety of influences, one of them Moorish, and you can hear that in the warbling minor trills in some of the songs. The word itself means "Fate." Usually the songs are about deep yearning and thwarted dreams. Some of them can have a cheerful beat, but it's a fatalistic cheer, dealing with life's outcomes. It's not depressing, though. It's a response to what life deals you. I'm hooked on Fado, and if I can find another Fado concert, I will. Unfortunately, we will be gone before María do Ceo's next concerts in Galicia, but we will watch her schedule and hope to hear her during our next visit in the fall.

María do Ceo is from Portugal, but she lives in Ourense, Galicia. Her songs are in Portuguese, but her singing is quite popular all over Galicia. Gallego, or Galego, or Galician—all are accepted names for the Galician language—is a sister language to Portuguese, so all her songs are understandable to Galicians. I read recently that Gallego and Portuguese share 85% of vocabulary. Our neighbors, in fact, have told us if we knew Portuguese, we would be able to understand Gallego.

Meanwhile, I hope you will visit her website and enjoy the video site HERE. I strongly recommend "Lela" and "Negra Sombe". But, really, they are all good.

How about you? Do you have favorite music genre? A favorite singer? Please share.


Sharon Himsl said...

Yes, she has a beautiful voice. Thanks for the introduction and her link. She was very gracious to let you photograph her...a cute photo of you and Fado :)

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Sharon. Glad you liked her sound. I wish she toured the States, but she doesn't seem to. Yes, I thought she was very gracious.

Rachna Chhabria said...

Hi Elizabeth, its nice to meet modest celebrities. I will visit the YouTube site.

Stacy Henrie said...

Sounds like you're having such a wonderful time!

Barbara Watson said...

Sounds intriguing. I learn so much from you, Elizabeth, and hope I can travel as you do one day.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Rachna, I agree. So many celebraties are full of themselves, but she is very down to earth.

Stacy, thanks for stopping by. Yes, we are. And it's going by much too fast.

Barbara, I never thought I would travel this much when I was younger. I never even thought I would travel! The future is always full of surprises.

Tanya Reimer said...

How exciting for you to get to meet her!

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Tanya, yes, it was. I was so pleased. She remembered my name, too!

Julia Hones said...

Fantastic, Elizabeth!
I'd like to listen to her.
It's hard for me to mention a favorite musician.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Julia, thanks for stopping by. It really is an experience to hear her.

Sandra Cox said...

I've never heard of Fado, sounds beautiful though

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

HI, Sandra, I had heard OF Fado, but never heard the music myself until I came to Galicia last June and heard the concert my friends took me to. I have to admit -- I'm hooked on Fado, now.

Sarah Allen said...

Hadn't heard of this before, but this is pretty interesting!

Sarah Allen
(From Sarah, With Joy)