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Fado Star

The reigning diva of Portugal's fado music performs at Massey Hall tonight and as much as I'd love to see Mariza I don't want to wreck the memory of seeing her in a small club 13 years back while her star was just beginning to rise. The striking platinum blonde singer regularly packs big concert halls, filling them with her rich, exquisite voice, but after experiencing her in an intimate space so many years back, I just can't bring myself to see her in a huge hall. Fado is a melancholic music filled with despair and longing, and the singer is traditionally backed by a trio, and I feel it's best experienced in a small bar. But don't let that discourage you from seeing this phenomenon. Mariza's latest CD is titled "Mundo" and you can expect to hear her singing songs from it at tonight's show. The roots of fado can be traced back to the early 19th century when it flourished in Lisbon's working class neighbourhoods, and many believe it began when Portuguese sailors sang about their yearning for home using African melodies. Over the past decade, several women like Mariza, Ana Moura, and Misia have helped re-invigorate the music and spearhead a new interest in the genre.

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