Amália Da Piedade Rodrigues, 23 July 1920, Lisbon, Portugal, d. 6 October 1999, Lisbon, Portugal. Years after her death, the great Portuguese fado singer and actress Amália Rodrigues is still fêted in her native country as the voice of Portugal. Her voice became the ultimate expression of the countrys identity and she was the prime mover in introducing fado to an international audience.
Rodrigues was raised in Lisbon by her grandmother and performed as a tango dancer before taking up singing, debuting formally in 1939 at the age of 19. Her collaborations with composer Frederico Valério helped redefine the rules of fado by adding lush orchestral accompaniments to the musics basic folk melodies, and despite initial reservations about her style her impassioned performances soon began to win over audiences. After spending time in Spain and Brazil, she made her first recordings on the Brazilian...
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