Ana Vinagre (Fado Singer) was born in the fishing village of Buarcos – Figueira da Foz – Portugal. Very early, she began participating in the church choir and in local Community Playhouses doing stage plays and operettas. At the age of 13, Ana joined the local Folk Dance Group “CANTARINHAS…

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Angela Brito – Fadista Angela was born in November of 1979 to Manuel and Maria Brito. Born & raised in San Pablo, California, Angela’s love of music began blossoming at a very young age. Her father, from São Bras de Álportel, in the region of Algarve, played the Guitarra Portuguesa…

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Massachusetts Carlos Furtado, born in Sao Miguel, Azores, Carlos came to the United States in 1998. From a young age, Carlos had an interest in singing fado. He enjoyed listening to Amalia Rodrigues and Antonio Mourão on the radio. As a child, he sang cantigas ao Desafio with his father…

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Fadista Catarina Avelar of Massachusetts has been singing fado in locations in the eastern and western US since making her debut in 2012. In 2003 Catarina Avelar recorded an album titled “De Alma e Coração,”

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Chico Ávila was born and raised on the island of Pico, Azores, Chico Avila emigrated to California in 1979. The first eight years of his career were dedicated exclusively to the American music scene which gave him the opportunity to sing throughout California in hotels, resorts, nightclubs, county fairs, and…

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California David was born December 7th, 1980 in San Jose, California to two adoring immigrant parents from the village of Madalena on the island of Pico in the Azores, Rosa Maria and António Garcia. Seeing as how David’s parents had only been in the U.S. for six years, David was…

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Fadista Dinis Paiva, a widely known Fado singer and also the owner of the restaurant, started the tradition of having a Fado night at his restaurant, O Dinis, every Monday night. His daughter, Natalia Paiva-Neves is now running the restaurant and keeps the tradition alive. Dinis Paiva, fadista

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Fadista A native of Albergaria-A-Velha in northern Portugal, Fátima Santos began singing in church. Attracted by the operatic vocal technique used by Coimbra Fado singers, and inspired by great composers such as José Afonso, Luiz Goes, and Fernando Rolim, Ms. Santos began performing this type of Fado, as well as…

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Canada Jennifer Bettencourt is a Luso-Canadian fadista who happily tumbled into the world of fado during her teen years, after a lifetime of attempting to ignore the cultural roots that were tugging at her. While childhood dreams revolved around becoming a rock star or a tiny Céline Dion-Esque diva, it was…

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Massachusetts Jose Carlos Azevedo is a well-known fado singer in Portuguese communities living in the United States and Canada. His captivating, powerful, and harmonious voice conveys a feeling of “Saudade” which is the essence of fado. The word “Saudade” refers to a longing for a precious moment in a…

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Fadista Humoristico Jose Ribeiro is known in the Portuguese communities of New England as a humorous fado singer (fadista humorístico). He was born in the freguesia do Capelo, Faial, Azores and came with both his parents and brother to the United States in 1962 at the age of 15. Jose…

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Fadista Luis Ferraz was born in Lisbon, in the Alfama district, on January 6, 1957. He currently resides in Canada in the city of Hamilton, Ontario, since 2006. He has liked the fado since he was a young man. His inspiration was and will always be the fado. In the…

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Maria Teresa Santos, nascida no bairro de Santos ao Novo em Lisboa no dia 12 de Junho de 1963 e criada em Xabregas junto ao Rio Tejo . “Comecei a cantar aos 11 anos onde participei no Festival da canção infantil me classifiquei em terceiro lugar. Sempre desencorajada pelos pais que…

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Ramana Vieira Ramana Vieira sings with such a wide range of emotions one cannot help but be mesmerized by images of “old world” Portugal that emerge from the depths of her soul. Often referred to as the “New Voice of Portuguese World Music,” this powerful vocalist is making her mark as…

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Fadista Rosa Maria, a well-known singer in Portuguese communities throughout New England, was born in the Porto Judeu parish on the island of Terceira, Azores, Portugal. She started her artistic career while still living in the Azores. where she performed in dances and carnival bailhinhos as a member of the…

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Fadista Sandra Pinheiro Pacheco, Fadista Sandra Pinheiro Pacheco was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island to Portuguese immigrants of the Azorean island, Faial.  She loved singing as a child and claims to have inherited her father’s genes. He was a well-known singer in Faial for the “bailes.” She started singing on…

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A Portuguese-descendent, Tania first found Fado as a child when hearing her godmother sing in the celebrations that were typical of her family. Her interest in Portuguese culture continued along the years while she was a student in Portuguese school and dancer in the Folkloric Group Ramos de Oliveira in Pawtucket,…

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Vivian Santos is a Fadista based out of Hanford, CA. She was born and raised in the Bay Area. Fado at Uma Casa Restaurant, San Francisco, California Her parents are both immigrants from the island of Terceira, Azores, Portugal. Vivian began singing Fados when she was a teenager with her…

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