Definition of fado in English:

fado

noun

  • 1A type of popular Portuguese song, usually with a melancholy theme and accompanied by mandolins or guitars.

    • ‘A third of the melodies on Nas Mãos do Fado are drawn from the body of over 200 traditional fados which artists such as Katia regularly update by combining them with the words of Portuguese poets.’
    • ‘At one point, Amalia states that the Portuguese invented fado as a way to express their eternal sorrow.’
    • ‘The fado is a melancholy type of song from Portugal.’
    • ‘We have heard fado, the Portuguese soul music, compared with football, on the grounds that it contains both excitement and sadness - although you could say the same about, say, DIY and be not much the wiser.’
    • ‘In case you don't know what that means, fado is to Portugal what flamenco is to Spain - the musical expression of a nation's soul - and is sometimes dubbed ‘the blues of Portugal’.’
    • ‘As they quickly let you know, they eat bread, not chapattis; drink in tavernas, not tea shops; many of them were Roman Catholic, not Hindu; and their musicians played guitars and sang fados.’
    • ‘Stand outside one for long enough, and you'll hear the proprietor break into a fado, the equivalent of an Irish folk song.’
    • ‘On this CD, Lafertin may lead a Grappelli-Reinhardt style band, but the music ranges from Brazilian sambas to Portuguese fados.’
    1. 1.1mass noun The music for a fado.
      • ‘You can hear everything from traditional folk, Portuguese fado, jazz, industrial noise and classical through to what they describe as ‘electronic oddities’.’
      • ‘Scolari, though, is determined to delay for as long as possible the fado, a blues lament that wafts out from the bars and restaurants of old Lisbon.’
      • ‘While fado purists often maintain that you can only do fado with Portuguese guitar, Spanish guitar and bass, there's a long tradition of major stars like Amália Rodrigues and Carlos do Carmo flouting this convention with aplomb.’
      • ‘She doesn't so much break down the boundaries of fado as stretch and shape them into a new and enchanting hybrid that remains essentially true to the roots of the genre.’
      • ‘She sings fado classics, original tunes, and experiments with flamenco influences, blending it all in a fresh approach that pushes fado further, without breaking its conventions.’
      • ‘Nelly Furtado's second album employs a variety of styles, including hip-hop, fado, pop, R&B, dance and Latin music.’
      • ‘I'm going to come and sing/wail some fado into each and every house member's ear until they like it, or say that they understand why the Portuguese love it so.’
      • ‘The Casa da Musica will be opened in the coming week with jazz and fado, Brendel and Lou Reed.’
      • ‘Experiencing fado, a musical genre unique to Portugal, is a sure way to immerse in culture.’
      • ‘Portuguese artist Ana Sofia Varela is only 25 but is already one of the hottest stars of fado.’
      • ‘Performers of fado (which, roughly translated, means ‘fate’) are known as fadistas.’
      • ‘Although best known for fado, Amalia liked to experiment with other kinds of music, including jazz and salsa, and continued performing after her 70th birthday.’
      • ‘Exploring fado, the Portuguese folk-music style that has won her fans worldwide, the singer gives over an hour and half to her appreciative audience on this exotic and highly enjoyable release.’
      • ‘They often have fairly anonymous facades but are the haunt of local Portuguese and are closer to the true popular spirit of fado.’
      • ‘Her mother cooked in a restaurant in Alfama where fado was sung and like many other fado-singers she grew up with it.’
      • ‘Nostalgia for the past and for the homeland is represented in the sentiments of Sebastianismo and saudade and in the lyrics of the fado.’
      • ‘The quote comes from a lecture in which he tackles the saudade, or deep longing, that infuses fado with its bitter sweetness.’
      • ‘Although Transparente was recorded in Brazil, its 14 gem-like songs remain true to the deepest traditions of fado, the breathtakingly lyrical and melancholic music of Portugal.’
      • ‘‘I also like Afro-Cuban rhythms, and I just discovered the Portuguese fado,’ she said.’
      • ‘Record companies are far more interested in fado than they were in the past, but comparisons with Mariza are now inevitable, especially if you happen to be called Misia.’

Origin

Portuguese, literally ‘fate’.

Pronunciation

fado

/ˈfɑːdəʊ/