We set out from our hostel at 10pm to see Fado performed in Alfama. In a dimly lit Tasca, we were offered sangria or green wine to sip while we experienced this traditional art form.
Fado can be heard online or through CD but no. It must be experienced. Fado is a direct line to the passions of the heart and soul, and has been sung for centuries. It is the most emotional performance of any music I have ever been to. The two guitarists, one Portuguese guitar and the other a regular six string, accompanied the singer who closed their eyes and lamented from deep within. Before the performance, the bar owner dims the lights and demands silence. There must be no chatter, not even a whisper between songs.
The performance can last into the early hours of the morning. Go. It’s an essential Portuguese immersion that will leave you emotionally raw.
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