The Fado Internet is filled with people working tirelessly to get out the word (and content) about fado music, community and culture (and every once in a while a few dollops of jealousy, envy and outright animosity). One of those on the strictly positive side is Joaquim Silva, a man with a large supply of high quality connections to the riches of fado’s deep history.
In thanks and in honor of Joaquim’s work, I want to draw attention to his series “Fadistas esquecidos…ou não” (forgotten fadistas…or not) that he has highlighted in recent weeks. Some of the videos are taken from the deep archives, and all have something strong to recommend them.
Joaquim is pure class. Each of the entries on his Facebook page gives the names of the singer, the musicians, the fado (plus its composer), the lyric (and its author) plus usually a couple of historical nuggets.
Some of these artists can be found on the series “Fados do fado” (reissued in reduced form a few years ago), “Fados da Alvorada” (written about elsewhere on this blog), as well as on the original recordings (often very difficult to find)
See how many of the singers and musicians you recognize.
Maria José Ramos
Ada de Castro
Dina do Carmo
Natércia da Conceição
José Manuel de Castro
Maria do Céu Crispim
I hope you enjoy these fados–and thanks to Joaquim and to all the YouTube users who put the music out there
David Mendonça, a Portuguese-American with roots in the Azores, is a contributor to FadoNights.com. A Fado music aficionado, his articles also appear on his blogs Fado Today (English) and Fado Hoje (Portuguese). He lives in New York State.