Fado NYC

Fado is the Portuguese folk and popular music of “saudade,” the deep longing of sailors who explored the world and those they left behind.

Latin Grammys 2018 ~ the biggest night in Latin music

UNIVISION, November 15, 2018 ~ Jorge Drexler (Uruguay), Luis Miguel (Mexico), and Rosalía (Spain) were 2018’s big winners. Watch videos of all the winners in this story.

Ana Moura sings Portuguese Fado at The Town Hall

MIDTOWN, WORLD MUSIC INSTITUTE, Thu, Apr 5, 2018, Portuguese fado live music ~ One of the great contemporary fado singers who blends pop into fado traditions

Lula Pena blends Portuguese Fado with World Traditions at Schimmel

Explore the world with this musical wanderer.
NY Fado Festival
Schimmel Center
Financial District, Manhattan
Saturday, March 31, 2018

Mariza sings Portuguese Fado at Central Park SummerStage

CENTRAL PARK, SUMMERSTAGE, Sat, Jun 23, 2018, Portuguese fado live music ~ The biggest contemporary fado star has taken the mantle from Amália Rodrigues, “the queen of fado”

Ricardo Ribeiro to sing traditional Portuguese Fado at Schimmel Center

One of today’s top male Fado voices.
NY Fado Festival
Schimmel Center
Financial District, Manhattan
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Deu-me esta voz a mim
(He gave me this voice)
Amália Rodrigues ~ Foi Deus (It was God)

SummerStage 2017 free concerts in NYC parks

May – October
June 21 – September 10, 2017

(Review) Gisela João’s Fado is poetry of the heart

Young Fado sensation Gisela Joáo makes her NYC debut at the NY Fado Festival.
Schimmel Center
Financial District, Manhattan
Saturday, February 25, 2017

DJ Ride & Stereossauro 2x World Champions scratch Portuguese Fado Roots

Two-time world champions make their NY debut at Joe’s Pub in the East Village for the NY Fado Festival Sun, Feb 26, 2017

Bibi Ferreira, the Grand Dame of Brazilian Stage

INTERVIEW ~ The living legend debuts “4 x Bibi” with the best of Piaf, Rodrigues, Gardel, and Sinatra at Symphony Space September 20 & 23, 2016

Ana Moura & Buika

Two strong female vocalists sing Portuguese Fado, Spanish Flamenco, and Pop standards
Carnegie Hall
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 8pm

In a way, Fado is Portuguese Blues. The music can be traced back to the port districts of Alfama, Mouraria, and Bairro Alto in 1820s Lisbon, Portugal. It’s the music of poor people of the sea: sailors, dockworkers, and those who loved them.

Fado’s origins certainly reach back further than that. The music has a historic relation with Cape Verdean “morna.” Listen to Cape Verdean music. You can hear the similarities. Brazilian “modinha” and Indonesian “kroncong” themselves have Fado roots.

Maria Severa Onofriana

The first famous Fado singer was A Severa (Lisbon, 1820 – 1846). She was a tavern prostitute who became famous long after her death. Her life was the inspiration for the Júlio Dantas novel A Severa which was adapted as a play and a musical in 1901.

Amália Rodrigues

Amália Rodrigues (Lisbon, Portugal, 1920 – 1999) is the “Queen of Fado” (Rainha do Fado). She is the artist most responsible for Fado’s global popularity. Rodrigues became an international star in the 1950s. She is still the best-selling Portuguese artist in history.

Rodrigues’ passing in 1999 sparked a Fado resurgence. What had become the music of your grandparents became a cherished part of Portuguese identity and enjoyed a resurgence in both traditional and Pop forms.


In performing a TV tribute to Rodrigues, the young singer Mariza took the reins of the new princess of Fado. Friends encouraged the Pop singer to record a Fado album. Fado em Mim (Fado in Me, 2001) became a global hit.

Traditional Fado and Pop Fado

Today there are two currents of Fado: traditional and pop. Artists respect the traditions, but in our postmodern world they also explore fusions of Fado and Pop in its various forms.

The New York Fado Festival (since 2017) brings both Fado traditions and fusions to New York City every March.