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WCookie
06-10-09, 17:32
Hello people!
Today is a sad day for us. :(
It makes 10 years that Portugal lost his Fado Diva, Amália Rodrigues.
If you don't know who's Amália, check this:

Amália da Piedade Rebordão Rodrigues, (July 23, 1920 – October 6, 1999), also known as Amália Rodrigues was a Portuguese singer and actress. Despite official documents give her date of birth as July 23, Rodrigues always said her birthday was July 1, 1920. She was born in Lisbon, in the rua Martim Vaz (Martim Vaz Street), neighborhood of Pena. Her father was a trumpet player and cobbler from Fundão who returned there when Amália was just over a year old, leaving her to live in Lisbon with her maternal grandmother in a deeply Catholic environment until she was 14, when her parents returned to the capital and she moved back in with them.

She was known as the "Rainha do Fado" ("Queen of Fado") and was most influential in popularizing the fado worldwide. In fact, she was one of the most important figures in the genre’s development, and enjoyed a 40-year recording and stage career. Rodrigues' performances and choice of repertoire pushed fado’s boundaries and helped redefine it and reconfigure it for her and subsequent generations. In effect, Rodrigues wrote the rulebook on what fado could be and on how a female fadista — or fado singer — should perform it, to the extent that she remains an unsurpassable model and an unending source of repertoire for all those who came afterwards. Rodrigues enjoyed an extensive international career between the 1950s and the 1970s, although in an era where such efforts were not as easily quantified as today. Other well-known international fado artists such as Madredeus, Dulce Pontes and Mariza have come close, however.

Link - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amália_Rodrigues

We miss you Amalia :(

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tonyme
06-10-09, 17:37
Don't know her... but RIP

WCookie
06-10-09, 18:11
I added some videos so people can see some beautiful musics she sang, I can put more if you want :)

Encore
06-10-09, 20:30
I do recognize her talent but I'm not a big fan of fado. Still, she had an out of this world voice.

It would be nice if members from other countries actually knew her but I think the generation of users in this forum is too young for that.

Nerd For Life
06-10-09, 20:47
I do recognize her talent but I'm not a big fan of fado. Still, she had an out of this world voice.

It would be nice if members from other countries actually knew her but I think the generation of users in this forum is too young for that.

Yes she was definitely a talented lady. RIP, Amália.