Fado (Fate) songs are are kind of Portuguese folk singing that blends folk with torch in a distinctive sound. The guitars strum like harps, the singing is brazen bright and the lyrics of the pain and joy of living.
The great Amalia Rodrigues, the most famous lady of Fado, makes me cry. Mariza, with her clear, sweet voice ringing out, and the sometimes-cynical lyrics always makes me smile, no matter what the subject. The bouncy "Oiça lá ó Senhor Vinho", a jocular complaint to Mr. Wine, that bad boy who makes you do things you shouldn't, fall on the floor and have headaches, is my favorite on here, but it's ALL good. If you are new to Fado, or if you are a long-time fan, you may love this as much as I do.